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Teenager Suffers Heart Attack During Training
A schoolboy has lost his fight for life after suffering a cardiac arrest during football training.
Kieran McDade, 13, collapsed while training with local team Dunbeth Football Club in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire , last week.
Coaching staff at the club, paramedics and doctors all battled to save him and Kieran fought on for a week after slipping into a coma.
His family and friends desperately hoped that he would recover but Kieran passed away this morning.
A talented footballer and popular teenager, who was a pupil St Margaret's High School, played for a number of local football clubs and the tragedy has left the local community 'devastated'.
A statement on Dunbeth's Facebook page said: "This is the most heartbreaking situation that any parent could go through and all the people connected to Dunbeth FC send their condolences to Bernie, Gemma, Amy and all extended family and friends.
"Kieran was a big happy go lucky boy and all his team mates and coaches will miss him terribly.
"A popular boy who gave his all for his team and will forever be remembered for the League Championship he proudly won with his team mates and all the good memories that came with that.
"He was a founder member of the 2003 squad and secured his place as our No.8 which we all knew he treasured dearly. It doesn't matter what words I use they will never explain the feeling we have for Kieran or the loss that we share with his family.
"He has left us all with cherished memories but ones that will forever be tinged with sadness that he is not here to relive them with us."
A keen Celtic fan, local supporters clubs, including Rangers fans, had been sending messages throughout the week, willing Kieran on as he fought for life.
Tributes soon appeared on Facebook pages with one reading: "All I can do is cry right now thinking about this. Missing you loads, Rip."
Kieran's sister Amy thanked people for their support and wrote: "My family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the overwhelming prayers and support you have given us.
"Our beautiful boy is now with the angels and will forever live on in our hearts.
"Kieran's mum and dad would like to thank all his friends for all of the amazing things you have done for him, we now know how loved he truly is.
"My mum would also like to thank all the brave boys and girls for staying so strong, and to all the mums, she asks you hug your boy tight tonight because life is full of surprises and so so precious, appreciate every moment you have with them.
"Would also like to let everyone know that Kieran has remained the most sensitive and generous boy that he is and donated some of his organs which has saved 2 peoples lives today. What a brave soldier, he will be truly missed."