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Gilpin Would've Survived if Treated Correctly

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Max Gilpin would have survived if Pleasure Ridge Park’s coaching staff had treated his heat stroke correctly after he collapsed at a football practice last year, an expert on heat-related illnesses testified Thursday in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Doug Casa, the director of athletic-training education at the University of Connecticut, told jurors that though the 15-year-old’s body temperature reached 109.4 degrees shortly after he collapsed, his life would have been “guaranteed” saved if staff would have taken Max into the school’s locker room, about two minutes away, and put him into an iced whirlpool within five minutes of when he went down.

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