A 13-year-old in Goshen, Ohio collapsed and ultimately died late Thursday as he arrived for his first day of school, according to our affiliate WKRC. Peyton West was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a heart defect. West reportedly received a new heart last March, successfully replacing the half version of the muscle he started his life with.
The Ohio teenager arrived at school Thursday, according to WKRC, only to collapse as he left his brother’s car.
“We don’t know why,” Corey West, who is Peyton West’s father, said of his son’s death. “He went to bed, no problems. He woke up, no problems, being his goofy self.”
“We don’t understand it but we know God has a purpose and Peyton touched so many lives in just his short time here.”
Twitter users on Friday voiced sadness over Peyton West's death, which reportedly occured on his first day of eighth grade.
Bless him, so so sad! Rip Peyton West..💖 prayers for your family.💞— Lilian Davis (@DavisLilian) August 18, 2017
Please consider coming to our home opener on Thurs 8/24 vs Walnut Hills. We will be playing in honor of Peyton West & his family <3— Coach Schmidbauer 🏐 (@GoGHSVolleyball) August 18, 2017
Please pray for the family of Peyton West of Goshen!😭❤️ So sad to hear about this. We all loved you buddy even though we never knew you.— ChyAnne Wilson (@ChyWilson1) August 18, 2017
Corey West said his son was so excited to return to Goshen Middle School he skipped a FC Cincinnati game late Wednesday to attend an open house there instead. WKRC reported late Thursday that Peyton West’s classmates and members of the community gathered at the football field in Goshen to pray for his family.
“Peyton was a wonderful young man, a courageous young man who always had a big smile on his face,” said Darrell Edwards, the school district’s superintendent. “Certainly, his battle and his challenges are well-known to our community.”
An autopsy will be performed to determine what went wrong with Peyton West’s heart. The West family reportedly hopes the results will help other young people with issues similar to his.
Peyton West was not displaying signs his body was rejecting the heart transplant he received earlier this year, according to his father.
The Ohio teenager underwent heart replacement surgery in March when his original one began failing him in December. Peyton West was hospitalized for a month after the procedure, which his family had long expected before it occurred.