6-year-old Georgia boy dies after suffering heart attack on baseball field
A 6-year-old boy died on Thursday shortly after collapsing on a Georgia baseball field during a team gathering.
Brantley Chandler, a first-grade student at Chickamauga Elementary School and catcher for the Rock Springs Mustangs, tragically suffered a heart attack while convening with other members of the team to have their photos taken. He was rushed to a children's hospital in nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead.
The young victim suffered from a rare congenital heart disease called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), his mother, Meghan Bryson, told WTVC.
HLHS is a birth defect that develops during pregnancy and affects normal blood flow through the heart, according to the CDC. The organization reports that about one in every 4,344 babies born in the United States each year has HLHS, which can cause life-long health complications.
According to his obituary, Brantley was was an "outgoing little boy" who loved "hunting, fishing, spending time with his hunting dog 'Boss,' riding four wheelers, and playing in the mud getting his boots dirty."
"Brantley could ask more questions than anyone in a minute, he loved tractors and heavy equipment, and he attended Faith Baptist Church in Ringgold," his memorial page reads. "He will be truly missed by his family and all of the many people he touched."