Panhandle athlete dies after struck by discus

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:32 AM

HEREFORD, Texas (AP) — Funeral is scheduled for Wednesday for a Panhandle high school freshman athlete who died nine days after a flying discus hit him in the hip.

A statement issued Monday by the Hereford Independent School District says 15-year-old Hereford High freshman Joshua Ramirez died Sunday afternoon at Hereford Regional Medical Center.

According to the statement, Ramirez was stretching for an event in Plainview on March 8 when the discus hit him. A district athletic trainer advised him to treat it with ice and report any worsening.

Jesse Ramirez says his nephew went to the hospital for a follow-up exam March 10 and reported that his pain was worsening. He was admitted, placed under intensive care and died Sunday afternoon.

Ramirez tells the Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/Yndwue), "We're not sure exactly what happened."

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