Teen declared brain dead after collapsing on football field; organs will be donated

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A Florida high school football player is brain dead after collapsing during Friday night's game, the teen's mother says.

After a group tackle, 17-year-old Jacquez Welch never stood back up, KTRK reports. Paramedics rushed Welch to a local hospital where doctors discovered a pre-existing brain condition that no one knew about.

Jacquez was born with arteriovenous malformation, also known as AVM. It's an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain.

His mother, Marcia Nelson, was in the stands when it happened. She said Monday that her son is brain dead and his collapse had nothing to do with the sport.

"I don't want anybody to be scared of sports," Nelson said. "It just happened to him at an early age, doing what he loved to do."

Nelson said the family is working on making her son an organ donor to seven people. 

Nelson told WFTS that Jacquez was a giving person and he would be proud that his organs will be used to save other lives. Nelson says football was his passion. He was also an older brother who served as a role model for his siblings.

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