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Fuquay-Varina teen collapses, dies at convention

Posted May 19, 2008

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— A Fuquay-Varina teenager collapsed and died at a youth convention in Greenville Saturday, according to an official with the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

Michael Hagarty, director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry with the diocese, said Ryan Aman, 18, had a pre-existing heart condition.

Aman, a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, had been attending the retreat with other high school students from the Diocese of Raleigh, which encompasses the eastern half of the state.

He collapsed during a break where he and some others were playing a pick-up game of football, an official said.

“I ask you to also join me in prayers for his family, especially his mother Angela, Ryan’s friends, the parish community of St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina and all those (affected) by his death,” Haggarty wrote in an e-mail to parishioners.

Further details were not immediately available.


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  • Six String May 19, 2008

    My son was one of the adult leaders there and was the first to get to him when he collpased. He began CPR immediately, but knew he was gone. So sad, but he was living life as fully as possible. Our prayers are with him as well.

  • NotFromHere May 19, 2008

    It is sad to see someone so young die without warning. I'm sure this is devastating for his family and all those close to him. To be sure, Ryan is in our thoughts and prayers, and our prayers go out to his family and friends too.

  • Jh5230 May 19, 2008

    very sad, my condolences. I wish that pediatricians routinely checked the hearts of children (or at least once every five years) to ascertain whether or not they have a pre-existing heart condition. I know it would be expensive, but it seems like enough children die from these types of conditions that we could at least try and prevent it with proper screening.

  • ladyamparo May 19, 2008

    It was a pretty sad day for us on Saturday, but the kids really pulled through. They made cards for the family and signed a huge piece of newsprint. The convention building was full of prayers that day, as well as a lot of hugs and kind words to one another.

    The neat thing was that Ryan scored a touchdown right before he collapsed that day. That makes me smile to know that he spent his last moments, playing and having fun with his friends on a beautiful day, and he was surrounded by so much love.

    Our prayers go out to Ryan and his family...

  • Godschild43 May 19, 2008

    Sad,my prayers goes out to his family and frineds that where sure to love hime and hearts broken.God bless them all.

  • b4self May 19, 2008

    So sad . Praying for all (especially Mom )

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 19, 2008

    My prayers and condolences goes to the family. May the Lord continue to be by your side. Remember the sun is shinning on the other side of the clouds. Continue to keep yours son's memories for they will bring joy and saddnes. But it will put a smile on your face. Memories will never go away. Continue to talk about him any old time you wish. Blessings to all of you.

  • PACKFAN08 May 19, 2008

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. My wife and I, lost our 7mo old little girl a year ago, after her 3rd open heart surgery, all you can do is remeber the time you had with them.

  • illegals--GO HOME May 19, 2008

    My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. I know this is a terrible time for you all, but live with the good memories this young man left behind and do not dwell on the sad thoughts.

  • Adelinthe May 19, 2008

    Praying for the family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB