Just a week after he collapsed on the sideline during a game and was later rushed to a nearby hospital, Plantation American Heritage football player Timothy Burroughs-Love was able to go home.
Burroughs-Love, an 17-year-old senior defensive lineman for the Patriots, lost consciousness on the sideline during the first quarter of last week’s preseason game between Heritage and Miami Booker T. Washington at Traz Powell Stadium in North Miami.
Burroughs-Love had to be resuscitated by the team’s medical staff and was later transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he spent the past week - first in the facility’s pediatric ICU and later its cardiac care center - undergoing tests and treatment.
According to a report by NBC6, Burroughs-Love suffered a seizure on the sideline that caused his heart to stop.
Heritage school officials have declined to comment on what exactly caused Burroughs-Love’s medical emergency.
On Friday afternoon, the Heritage community got some positive news from Burroughs-Love’s family as he was discharged from the hospital.
Burroughs-Love, who played during Heritage’s first defensive series the night of the incident, came off the field after Booker T.’s lengthy touchdown drive in the first quarter. The two teams were getting ready to resume play with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter when he collapsed, prompting the game to be stopped.
Patriots athletic director Bruce Aven told the Miami Herald that Burroughs-Love has already spoken to his teammates and coaches, and plans to attend Saturday’s game when Heritage hosts St. John’s (Maryland) at 7:30 p.m. at its home field as part of the second annual Broward County Football Showcase.
Aven also said the school plans to recognize Burroughs-Love at a pregame ceremony and ask him to take part in the game’s coin toss. The school also plans to honor the doctors and medical staff that were on hand last week and immediately responded to treat Burroughs-Love until Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene.
It’s unclear if or when Burroughs-Love, a 6-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, would ever be able to play football again. According to 247Sports.com, Burroughs-Love entered the high school season with more than 20 FBS-level scholarship offers that included schools such as FIU, Temple, UAB, Dartmouth and Yale.