Harlingen student dies after collapsing at school

A female student from Coakley Middle School in Harlingen passed away on Wednesday after collapsing during volleyball practice earlier in the week.

The exact details of how or why the student collapsed are unclear at this time, but Action 4 News confirmed that it happened Monday afternoon at the middle school.

Friends close to the family told Action 4 News the student collapsed from a possible seizure, and was taken to a hospital nearby.

But her condition got worse and she had to be airlifted to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

They said she was declared brain dead on Tuesday, and she passed away Wednesday at the hospital in Houston.

Friends also said that her mother is devastated and that the girl was "the world to her."

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is not releasing many details. But, a spokesperson told Action 4 News that they believe the student may have had a pre-existing condition.

They added that a doctor had cleared the student to play sports.

Harlingen CISD Superintendent Steve Flores issued the following statement:

A medical emergency involving a Coakley Middle School volleyball player occurred last Wednesday August 24, 2011. The incident occurred during volleyball practice and required medical attention. The Coakley staff and nurse responded immediately. The student was transported to the Valley Baptist Medical Center by EMS. After a courageous battle for survival it is with a saddened heart that we announce the passing of our student. We understand that these are trying times for our Coakley community and as a result HCISD counselors, administrators, and staff stand ready to assist our students in any way possible. The Coakley staff and I have been in contact with the family and will honor and respect their right to privacy at such a trying time. The entire HCISD community extends their heartfelt sympathies to the family at this very difficult time, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.