A 16-year-old Downey High School running back who collapsed during a football game at Lynwood High School was to be transferred Friday to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for examination by a brain specialist, authorities said.
Los Angeles County firefighters got a call at 3:24 p.m. Thursday from the school at 4050 E. Imperial Highway and were told the boy was not breathing, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived within five minutes and took Dodi Soza, a junior, to the hospital.
"He just collapsed and apparently he went into cardiac arrest,'' Mario Galvan, a friend and teammate who keeping vigil outside the hospital, told the station.
One student said Soza's collapse stunned those attending the game.
"Everybody just stopped and they all got into a group. They all starting crying and, I guess, praying,'' eyewitness Saul Limones told Channel 7.
The game was suspended after Soza was stricken.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Downey High School player that collapsed during the freshman football game against Lynwood High School this afternoon, and his family,'' Lynwood Unified Superintendent Paul Gothold said in a statement Thursday night.