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Published: Tuesday, 4/10/2007

Coroner: Sickle cell trait resulted in boy s death


BOWLING GREEN A 15-year-old Columbus boy who collapsed at a basketball camp at Bowling Green State University last summer died as a result of sudden death associated with sickle cell trait, the Wood County coroner has ruled.

Dr. Douglas W. Hess ruled Matthew Hackshaw s June 23 death accidental.

Family members said at the time that young Hackshaw, a point guard for the junior varsity team at Tree of Life High School in Columbus, had been diagnosed with a heart condition that can cause the heart to beat abnormally fast.

The teen had undergone two surgeries to correct the condition.

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