Luke Schemm, a 17-year-old high school football player, collapsed on the sidelines during a game on Nov. 3. He was taken off life support on Nov. 4 at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver (video below).
Schemm was injured and collapsed during a game between Wallace County and Otis-Bison in Sharon Springs, Kansas, and airlifted to Denver, notes KWCH.
David Schemm, the teen's dad, told the news station that Luke was tackled in the end zone during a two-point conversion for Wallace County in the third quarter. Luke walked over to the sidelines, and collapsed.
David wrote on Facebook that his son “suffered trauma to the brain, causing it to swell (and) shut off blood flow to the brain,” reports The Wichita Eagle.
David wrote an update on the evening of Nov. 4: "This afternoon Lisa Coston Schemm, Clay Schemm, and I had to do the hardest thing any parent or brother will have to do, we told Luke Schemm that we loved him and had the doctor shut off the life support. He was surrounded by family an friends. Our hearts are shattered.”
Gary Musselman, the Kansas State High School Activities Association executive director, said game officials didn’t recall Luke taking any hits to the head or neck.
Luke's Wallace County teammates and three coaches road on a bus to Denver on Nov. 4 to join the Schemm family.
Luke played football, basketball and track. He scored second- and third-place medals in the state high jump competition, according to The Hays Daily News.
"We will only be able to make it through with the help of God, family, friends, an community," David wrote on Facebook.
Photo Credit: KWCH Screenshot, Everett Royer/KSportsImages via The Wichita Eagle