Ohio teen dies after dunk during basketball game results in critical injury

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BUCYRUS, Ohio (March 16, 2016) – An Ohio teenager has died weeks after an accident on the basketball court.

Noah Lear, 16, was playing basketball with friends on Feb. 27 at Calvary Baptist Church in Bucyrus, Ohio, when he went in for a dunk. The basketball post, rim and backboard fell on top of him. He called his mother, Melissa Griffin, to tell her about the accident.

“He just said that he had an accident and his mouth was bleeding really bad and he knocked a few teeth out. He said the police were with him and he was being taken to the hospital,” Griffin told the Galion Inquirer.

He kept saying how sorry he was for getting hurt, though his mother said he had nothing to apologize for.

Noah was taken to Bucyrus Community Hospital, but he went into cardiac arrest twice. He was then airlifted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Doctors performed an emergency procedure to help get oxygen to his brain, but the news wasn’t good–Noah had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“We were told that due to the lack of oxygen to his brain, the part that controls the body’s vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, is no longer working,” Griffin told the newspaper.

“He was just playing ball with his friends, like he loved to do. It’s so hard to make sense of all of this.”

Noah was moved to a hospice facility, where he remained in a coma. He succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, according to Battle of the Lear, a Facebook page dedicated to Noah.

“After fighting valiantly for 18 days, Noah has taken his last breath. He is no longer in pain,” the page posted Wednesday. “Noah spent his life trying to make others happy and standing up for what he felt to be right. He put 110% into being the best he could be.”