Prep Football

Saukees' Petty making progress after suffering cardiac arrest

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 28, 2019 1:50 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The progress Noah Petty has made in the 48 hours since the Pittsfield senior suffered cardiac arrest while attending a football camp at Illinois State University is encouraging, according to Petty's father, Paul Petty.

Noah was taken off sedation Thursday and is breathing on his own for the first time since being life-flighted to Carle Hospital from the Normal, Ill., campus. He also had a defibrillator implanted Thursday.

Paul Petty, who also is Pittsfield's head football coach, said his son is currently meeting medical expectations.

"Following commands and is responding well," Paul Petty said via a text message.

Noah, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle, was participating Tuesday in the ISU Big Man Camp at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill., when he collapsed during a players' meeting upon returning to the field following a lunch break.

The ISU coaching staff, trainers and campus police revived Noah through CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

According to Paul Petty, the cardiac arrest is believed to be caused by a rare disease and not related to heat or overexertion.

Noah is in the intensive care unit at Carle Hospital in critical but stable condition.

This was the sixth camp Petty attended this summer. He worked out at camps at Missouri State, Central Missouri State, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois and Indiana State without incident, according to his father.