REEDSVILLE — A heart abnormality has been determined to be the cause of death Nov. 2 for an Eastern Elementary School boy who collapsed during football practice earlier this week.
Nine-year-old Wyatt Barber’s death was a result of an abnormal left main coronary artery in his heart, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, who performed the autopsy and later informed Meigs County Coroner Dr. Douglas Hunter and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office of the results. No injuries to his body were reported, and the completed final autopsy will not be available for four to six weeks.
Barber was participating in a youth football practice and players had taken a break from running sprints when a coach discovered him unconscious on the ground, according to the sheriff’s office. The practice at the time was a walk-through, not a contact practice, they said.
After discovering Barber’s condition, coaches immediately contacted EMS at 7:19 p.m. and performed CPR before he was transported to the Meigs Emergency Department, where he passed away. Hunter was contacted and met officers at the emergency room.
Eastern Local Schools Superintendent Scot Gheen lamented Barber’s passing.
“The staff, students and community of Eastern Local would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Wyatt Barber during this unfortunate time,” he said. “The school has put in place grief counseling services to assist the students and staff in need. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
For anyone who wishes to help the family, a GoFundMe page has been created in Barber’s honor at www.gofundme.com/c58anjf9. Locally, an account has been set up at Farmers Bank, created by a friend of the family. All six Farmers Bank locations in Meigs, Gallia and Mason counties are accepting deposits. All proceeds go to benefit the family. Ask to contribute to the Wyatt Barber fund, or mail any amount to Farmers Bank, 211 W. Second St., Pomeroy, OH 45769.
There will be a candlelight vigil on Eastern Local School’s football field at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at First Southern Baptist Church in Pomeroy with pastors David Brainard and Lamar O’Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Sandhill Cemetery. Visiting hours will be 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.