High School Football Player Hospitalized After Collapsing at Game

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A Downey High School football player remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning after he collapsed during a game in Lynwood, authorities said.


Dodi Soza collapsed during a football game in Lynwood on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.

Dodi Soza collapsed Thursday at 3:24 p.m. and was not breathing, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The junior running back was on the field for a game at Lynwood High School when it happened.

Soza was taken to St. Francis Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being transferred to Long Beach Memorial.

He was in critical condition, authorities told KTLA.

Dozens of students from nearby Warren High School carried a giant sign that read “Pray for Dodi” to Downey High School Friday morning before tying hundreds of white balloons to the school’s fence.

Pray 4 Dodi Sign Downey High School Warren

Dozens of students from nearby Warren High School carry a sign reading “Pray for Dodi” to Downey High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

“Even though we’re rivals, we’re one community. We have a good bond together, no matter what,” Jason Wilcox, a student from Warren High School, said.

Daniel Jimenez has known Soza since kindergarten and described him as a really good friend. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better than him,” Jimenez said.

The Downey Legend student newspaper urged students on Twitter to wear white to classes on Friday to show their support for Soza.

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