December 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) The parents of a 16-year-old New York City boy who died after collapsing during high school football practice last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Miles Kirkland's parents allege in court papers filed this month that the city, education officials and emergency workers failed to provide him adequate care. They claim a defibrillator wasn't readily available after their 6-foot-2-inch, 295-pound son fainted during practice at Curtis High School on Staten Island.

A city Law Department spokesman tells the Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1R2pqI1 ) that officials will review the suit.

The medical examiner ruled that Kirkland died of a heart muscle condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hy-pur-TRAH'-fihk kahr-dee-oh-my-AH'-puh-thee).

But Kirkland's family says routine physicals never detected any problems.

The lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court on Staten Island. It seeks unspecified damages.

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Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com

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