Teen Dies After Hitting His Face During Dunk Attempt

A high school student died after an accident while playing basketball.

On Feb. 27, Noah Lear from Bucyrus, Ohio, was playing basketball with some friends at Calvary Baptist Church. He tried to make a slam dunk, which resulted in the backboard, support post and rim falling apart and crushing his head and neck.

“He called me a little bit after 7 p.m.,” Melissa Griffin, Noah’s mother, told The Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. “He said, ‘Mom, I had an accident.'”

When Griffin saw her son at the hospital, he was covered in blood.

“He just kept saying he was sorry,” Griffin recalled. “I told him he had nothing to be sorry for, he didn’t do anything wrong. He was just out being a good kid playing basketball with his friends.”

According to Noah’s basketball coaches, the 16-year-old was admired on and off the court.

“He worked his butt off every day,” said Tony Rose, Bucyrus basketball coach. “He never complained and always gave 110 percent and just loved the game. He is a great kid, a quality kid, which you always wanted to be around.”

“The best word to describe Noah is teammate,” said Josh Coleman, Noah’s junior varsity coach. “The only thing he cared about was what he could do for his teammates and his team to make them better.”

According to Battle of the Lear, a Facebook page created in Noah’s honor, his friends acted quickly to get him to the community hospital. After needing to be revived twice, Life Flight flew Noah to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and was induced into a coma.

On March 10, doctors said his body’s vitals could no longer be controlled by his brain, according to the Galion Inquirer. He was transferred to a hospice facility. Some of Noah's cousins organized a benefit to take place April 2 to help the family with his medical expenses.

“There is nothing we can do at this point but pray,” said Griffin.

According to Battle of the Lear, Noah died on March 16, 18 days after the accident. The post encouraged others to continue Noah’s legacy to make the world a better place.

“We all have a bond that can never be taken,” the post said. “Through all of us Noah will continue to change the world in which we live.”

Sources: Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, Galion Inquirer, Battle of the Lear/Facebook Photo credit: Daily Mail

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