Louisiana teen removed from life support after injury on high school football field

POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 5:16pm

After three days in intensive care, a family had to make the painful decision to remove their 17-year-old from life support.

Jaleel Gibson was injured on Thursday, May 9 during football practice at Farmerville High School in Union Parish. The junior was rushed to the hospital after he wouldn’t raise himself from the ground after being hit.

Dr. George Cannon, Superintendent of the Union Parish School District, said that the drills were all done the right way and that it was a “very unfortunate accident.”

Gipson was airlifted to LSU Shreveport Hospital where he remained over the weekend. However, his condition did not improve.

On Monday, May 13, his family made the decision to remove him from life support after he was declared brain dead. He was unable to breathe on his own.

Farmerville Principal David Gray told myarklamiss.com that his family “did a very unselfish thing and put Jaleel on the organ donor registry list.”

Grief counselors are stationed at the school to help students deal with the impact of this loss.

A memorial fund has been established to help the family pay for expenses. It is set up at Marion State Bank.



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