Tragic: Georgia High School Football Player Dies After Saying, ‘I Can’t Feel My Body’; Was he Describing the Moment the Soul Separates from the Body?

Pike County junior Dylan Thomas told his uncle he was worried about hurting players on the field.
Pike County junior Dylan Thomas told his uncle he was worried about hurting players on the field.

Something terrible happened in the third quarter of Pike County High School’s football game. But no one knows exactly what.

At first, the team thought Dylan Thomas had suffered a leg injury.

But two days later, the 16-year-old star linebacker died of a head injury.

Now, the rural Georgia county about an hour south of Atlanta is overwhelmed with both confusion and grief.

Something terrible happened in the third quarter of Pike County High School’s football game. But no one knows exactly what.

At first, the team thought Dylan Thomas had suffered a leg injury.

But two days later, the 16-year-old star linebacker died of a head injury.

Now, the rural Georgia county about an hour south of Atlanta is overwhelmed with both confusion and grief.

‘I can’t feel my body’

Dylan left the game injured in the third quarter. As he spoke with athletic trainers and the team doctor, Dylan became incoherent and then passed out, Webber said.

First responder Steve Fry said Dylan fell off the bench on the sideline. After the teen went down, he woke up, said “I can’t feel my body,” and then passed out again, Fry said.

He was taken to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital and then airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was pronounced dead Sunday night from a head injury, Superintendent Michael Duncan said.

After Dylan was taken to the hospital, players and coaches from both teams united and knelt to pray for his recovery, Peach County High School posted on Facebook.

The death has sparked an outpouring of support in the county and nearby communities. On Sunday, teammates and community members gathered at Pike Stadium to hold a vigil for Dylan, carrying his No. 32 jersey and bearing the hashtag #DylanStrong.

“He was an incredible young man with work ethic that you can’t believe,” Webber said. “He was the heart and soul of our defense. Just great student, great family, and the sky was gonna be the limit for him.”

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SOURCE: Marlena Baldacci, Devon M. Sayers and Eric Levenson
CNN