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Updated: 7:33 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 | Posted: 5:14 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Family faces ‘darkest time’ after 7-year-old dies after soccer practice

Boy in coma after collapsing at soccer practice
Aidan Heath (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

By Raisa Habersham

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Everyone has a story to tell about Aidan Heath’s hugs, spunky nature and kind heart.

On the “Prayers for Aidan” Facebook page, parents who share in mother Ashley Heath’s grief and strangers who can’t imagine what it feels like to lose a child flooded the online memorial with prayers and encouraging words.

The 7-year-old died Saturday after being in the hospital a little more than a week, according to a post on the Facebook page.

“With extremely heavy hearts and a great deal of sadness to say Aidan has gone home to be with the lord Jesus Christ,” read the post.

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Aidan was participating in drills at soccer practice in Woodstock, Georgia, on Sept. 8 when he collapsed. Aidan’s coach said he wasn’t breathing and immediately began CPR.

“I thought he was playing, and then I saw his eyes rolling into the back of his head,” his grandmother, Peggy Pickard Moore, said.

Doctors didn’t immediately know what caused Aidan to collapse but said it could be related to a congenital heart problem.

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The death is an added burden to mother Ashley Heath who, according to a post, is a single mother and “managed to play the role of two parents.”

“This comes with a great deal of stress and complication,” read the post. “One of those complications is making ends meet on a day-to-day basis.”

Family is asking that donations be made to Regions Bank to the account Prayers for Aidan Heath to cover funeral costs. Donations can also be made via PayPal.

While Aidan’s loss is tough for his family, Moore said three people in three different states will be able to use his kidneys, liver and intestines.

“Aidan’s journey has brought so many together in prayer,” Moore said in a Facebook post. “We want to thank everyone for all you have done for us and all your prayers for Aidan. Everyone has been so kind and your comments, prayers and thoughts have helped us through our darkest time and we want to thank you for that.”