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12-Year-Old Dies in Soccer Tournament

Boy Had Apparent Heart Condition

June 8, 2009

GREENWOOD, Ind. – A 12-year-old Indiana boy who collapsed while playing in a soccer tournament this weekend died in the hospital apparently of a hereditary heart problem.

According to the local NBC affiliate,, Christopher Akunda was playing in the Coca-Cola Classic Soccer Tournament in Greenwood Saturday when he suddenly collapsed. He was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital and was conscious and speaking at the hospital when he suddenly lost consciousness and died.

The Johnson County Coroner told the station that despite immediate medical attention, there was nothing anyone could have done to save the boy's life.

Akunda was playing for the Fishers Soccer Club in the under-13 boys division, playing with older boys due to his skills and dedication to the game, according to WTHR.

The station said Akunda has played with the Fishers club for five years, playing the last two-and-a-half with his current travel team. The Johnson County tournament was the team's last tournament of the season, but teammates say Akunda helped out many other teams as a substitute player and was always willing to help out on the field.

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