Las Vegas student unresponsive after gym class, school officials say

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A second Las Vegas student died last week after collapsing and becoming unresponsive in a school bathroom.

Jordan Brister, 18, “experienced cardiac arrest” while at Amplus Academy on Jan. 3, according to a statement from the school. Brister’s parents later confirmed his death as well.

The school released a statement saying staff “had given Jordan urgent medical attention until paramedics arrived and transported him to Southern Hills Hospital . . . Despite the best efforts of the first responders and medical team at the hospital, Jordan is finished passed away Sunday.”

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Southern Hills Hospital confirmed that Brister was an organ donor. In a Facebook video posted Wednesday, health care workers were seen lining the corridors of the hospital as Brister was transferred to an organ donation operating room in a procession dubbed a “walk of honour.”

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“It was our honor to care for Jordan Brister,” the hospital wrote. “Jordan, we honor you,” the hospital wrote in a caption.

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Savanna Brister, Jordan’s mother, issued a statement to TBEN 5 Vegas:

“Jordan was a selfless, respectful, southern gentleman who was kind to everyone. He was witty and charming. He wanted to join the army to become a para-rescue jumper to save others. He ended up saving others through organ donation, so his dream came true to some degree. He was a wise older brother who cared deeply about his brother and sister. Jordan really was everything you could wish for and more. He had a heart of gold.”

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Brister was a senior and planned to enlist in the military after high school.

More than $45,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Brister’s family. The campaign had an initial goal of $20,000.

“Words cannot express what the Brister family is going through and there will never be enough answers as to why this happened,” says the GoFundMe page. “He was a wonderful boy who loved life to the fullest.”

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The Clark County Coroner’s Office said Brister’s exact cause of death is still under investigation.

Brister is one of two Clark County students who passed away last week.

In an unrelated situation, another teen was found unconscious at a Las Vegas high school on January 5. Ashari Hughes, 16, collapsed at Desert Oasis High School after going to the bench due to chest problems.

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She was resuscitated by a nurse in the stands. A defibrillator was also used to get her heartbeat back, but she died on arrival at the hospital.