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Orem football player who collapsed undergoes heart surgery
First Published May 20 2013 09:31 am • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:32 pm

An Orem High School football player who collapsed during a practice last week underwent an overnight surgery that lasted into Monday to repair an unspecified heart defect. He is responding well.

Alpine School District spokeswoman Rhonda Bromley said Monday that Ben Smith, a 16-year-old sophomore, was brought out of a medically induced coma late Saturday night. "He responded well," Bromley said, indicating the boy was aware of family and his surroundings.

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"The doctors spoke very positively about his recovery," Bromley said of the boy’s condition after the surgery Monday afternoon at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. "He is communicating with his family as well as the doctors."

Smith’s coach, Tyler Anderson, has been credited for performing CPR that saved the teen’s life shortly after the student athlete collapsed Thursday afternoon during wind sprints. Doctors later said the boy had suffered a heart attack.

His family, including his parents, Richard and Susan Smith, and his 17-year-old brother, Jeremiah, reportedly were with Ben Smith when he awoke from the coma Saturday.

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