SWARTZ CREEK — Doctors still are trying to figure out why a 10th-grader’s heart stopped last week while he was playing basketball at a school gym, the boy’s father said. Marquavian Stephens, 15, was saved by coaches who used an automatic external defibrillator in the Swartz Creek High School gym to restore his heartbeat.
His father, Antonyo Peat, said Marquavian’s heart failed again briefly Monday during a stress test at a Detroit hospital but was restored. “He’s doing OK,” Peat said. “It’s looking like (doctors) are leaning toward a pacemaker.” Marquavian, who had hopes of making the varsity squad this year was taking a break during a night session at the gym Wednesday when he collapsed.
Boys basketball coach Jeremy Trent, girls volleyball coach Nellie Guajardo and middle schools boys basketball coach Bill Black were at the gym and used CPR and the defibrillator to save him. The coaches declined comment. All of the district’s coaches are required to be trained in how to use the defibrillators, school officials have said.