A grief-stricken mother is desperately awaiting answers after her 16-year-old son collapsed and died at basketball practice the day after Christmas.
“I have a good one,” Edna Georges told NBC New York. “Had. God.”
According to Georges, her son, Lenny Pierre, a 6-foot-6 junior, was practicing with his team at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York, when he became faint.
“He said while he was playing, they saw him a little shaky,” Georges told NBC New York. “They told him have a seat. He said he was lightheaded. Just moments later, he collapsed.”
Around noon, Georges “got the call from the coach,” according to the New York Daily News.
The teen died at New York Presbyterian Hospital after “police said they responded to a 911 call around 12:03 p.m. from John Bowne High School.” According to WPIX11, “[Pierre] went into cardiac arrest during basketball practice.”
Daniel Georges, the boy’s uncle, said Pierre’s death happened quickly.
“When I had got (to the hospital), they had already finished CPR and he was dead,” he told the New York Daily News. “He was perfectly healthy, played basketball all the time, nothing out of the ordinary at all.”
Edna Georges told WPIX her son appeared to be in perfectly healthy condition and had no known medical ailments.
“I have a healthy boy,” she told the outlet. “I don’t know what went wrong, to tell you the truth.”
“He was not allergic to anything,” she continued, according to NBC New York. “He was not on any medication. Healthy as you could imagine.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has a son of his own, released a public statement mourning Pierre’s death.
“As a parent, and as a father of student athletes, I can only imagine the pain and sorrow being felt by Lenny’s family, loved ones and classmates,” it said, according to amNewYork. “On behalf of 8.6 million New Yorkers, I extend our deepest condolences.”
Now, Edna Georges is dealing with the hole left in her heart after Pierre's passing.
“My son’s gone too soon. I truly will miss my son forever,” she told the newspaper. “... That’s my firstborn. Even if I have another son, it’ll never be Lenny, my sweetheart, my sweet son.”
(Photo: CBS 2 New York)