Local high school football player to be removed from life support following collapse at practice


The Selden teen who suddenly collapsed during a high school football practice on Monday will be taken off of life support, according to reports.

Seventeen-year-old Robert Bush’s pulse stopped for about 45 minutes after he collapsed at Newfield High School. He has since been kept alive by life support measures at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. A rising senior, Bush was set to be a lineman on Newfield’s varsity football team this fall.

Family members told WABC-7 Eyewitness News that the teen will be removed from life support and his organs will be donated.

In recent days, family members have traveled from across the country to gather and visit with Robert, who is one of 10 children. Teammates and friends held a prayer vigil for the teen at Newfield High School.

“It’s just tough. It’s hard because he’s such a good kid and he doesn’t deserve any of this,” Robert’s cousin Jessica Noren told WABC-7.

The family held an honor walk for Robert tonight at the hospital.

Middle Country School Superintendent Roberta Gerold updated the district community on Robert’s condition earlier this evening.

“We are heartbroken for Robert’s family and friends, and all who were fortunate to have been touched by his boundless enthusiasm and love of life,” she said in a Middle Country Schools Facebook post.

On Monday, counselors will be available at Newfield High School from 9 a.m. until noon to meet with students, district staff members and members of the school district community.

GoFundMe page was established to help raise money for the Bush family.