A Long Island family and community are in mourning following the death of a 10-year old boy who suffered an epileptic seizure while playing Little League. He was rushed to the hospital and later died.
According to his family, Lazar LaPenna was a fourth grader from Long Beach who collapsed right as he reached the first base. He had just celebrated his 10th Birthday with his family.
“He got a really nice hit, barrel of the bat. He knew it. The crowd was going crazy,”Gregg LaPenna was his father. WCBS-TV. “He was so excited. He looked over to me. A smile from ear to ear.”
And in a second, the smile was gone.
LaPenna stated that he only looked down for a second to mark the base hit in his scorebook.
Then, he heard his son Gerry shout.
“I hear Gerry yell that Lazar’s having a seizure, and he fell to the ground,”The father said.
Gerry is one year older that his brother and was coaching the first base.
Lazar was diagnosed with epilepsy several years ago and was now on medication. His father said that he had taken him to the doctor for medical supervision.
Although the boy’s seizures were getting worse over time, he didn’t have one for nearly a full year, according to his father. Baseball was the only sport that the child could play.
Lazar loved the game, and was a passionate New York Mets fan.
Although several attempts were made to revive the child, he did not regain consciousness.
“After a long period of CPR, he just didn’t make it,”He said so, his father. Lazar was the focus of the team’s rest of the season.
According to his father, the boy began this season wearing the number 9 which he actively campaigned against.
After years of switching his uniforms, he finally found one that he liked.
“‘Can I be number 9? I always want to be number 9,'”His dad recounted the story, and then broke down in sobs.