Teen collapses at Gov. Quinn campaign event
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.
Thursday’s event began with the 13-year-old flanking Gov. Pat Quinn with dozens of other children at a Chicago church. The Democrat faced TV cameras to speak about gun violence.
But as the event began, the Chicago eighth grader toppled to the floor unconscious. Quinn went over, knelt down and held his hand before paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.
Charles Rice is the boy’s football coach and also attended Thursday’s event.
He says the hospital released the teen after a few hours and that he’s fine. He says doctors said he may have fainted from dehydration.