It was tragic indeed when 16-year-old IMG Academy student-athlete Christian Chalita’s collapsed and died of cardiac arrest during a routine workout in October 2004. The extent of the tragedy was only increased, however, by the possibility that the boyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death could have been prevented.
A lawsuit filed by ChristianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estate claims Dr. Joseph Soler and Nurse Carol Yarosz: (1) did not give the youth a thorough physical examination; (2) did not monitor the boyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s workouts, and (3) failed to detect his pre-existing heart condition. Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The suit alleges that the defendantsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ negligence was made all the more culpable by the fact that they were aware that possible heart problems had caused the death of ChristianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father at the age of 32.
This is the second suit that ChristianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother has filed regarding the incident. Last August, she commenced an action against IMG claiming that it had failed to properly supervise her sonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s workout on the day he died.
Christian was a junior at the IMG Basketball Academy. He had been a student at the sports-training school since the fall of 2002. IMG offers training in several sports for full-time students seeking to become professional athletes.
The tragedy occurred in October 2004, when Christian, a basketball player, was on a treadmill at the Academy and suddenly passed out. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he was unable to be saved.
Tests revealed that the boyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heart was malformed. One month before his death, however, he had passed a physical examination.