OPRF students show support for hospitalized classmate

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By Ashley Lisenby

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A number of Oak Park and River Forest High School students and faculty wore white to school on Wednesday to support a fellow Huskie who is now in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed hospital after collapsing at a hockey game on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Grey Small, an OPRF junior and varsity hockey player, was watching the OPRF junior varsity hockey game against Orland Park's Sandburg Eagles at Ridgeland Common—just before the varsity game was set to begin—when he collapsed on the sidelines.

Dr. Paul Schattauer, a family practitioner and founder of Green Medical Practice in Oak Park, was watching his son play in the JV game when he was called out of the stands to help assist Grey.

"He was lying on the ground, unresponsive," said Schattauer in a phone conversation Tuesday morning. That's when he and a nurse practitioner, Emily Petersen who was also attending the game, began to resuscitate Grey.

"A few minutes before paramedics arrived he wasn't responding," said Schattauer, "but he had a heartbeat when paramedics arrived."

Schattauer said it is hard to tell exactly how long it took for paramedics to arrive, but noted that it was very quick, possibly within minutes.

"My heart goes out to the parents and I wish him the best," said Schattauer.

Members of the OPRF High School Parents Facebook group posted messages about "Wear White for Grey" day at school Tuesday evening.

"Our prayers and positive thoughts are with you all," said the parent of a former OPRF hockey player.

Another parent said that her son wrote "Pray for Grey" on his shirt.

A few parents commented on the kind of person Grey is, calling him a "model Huskie" and "a great kid."

While it is still unclear why Grey collapsed during Sunday's game, Jennifer Vogel Staples, another parent who posted to the group's Facebook page said Grey is stable and continues to undergo observation.

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Kevin Peters from Orland Park  

Posted: October 9th, 2014 6:56 PM

I am a former OPRF hockey player from the 1970's and wish full recovery for Grey. He represents a fine hockey club.

Thougts and prayers with the boy.  

Posted: October 8th, 2014 2:42 PM

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