Orange County Teen Athlete Dies After Collapse

The girl had no signs of any health problems, her father said

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    Morgan Wilson, 17, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, over a week after collapsing during a workout.

    An Orange County high school tennis star who collapsed over a week ago during a workout died Wednesday afternoon, her parents confirmed in a statement.

    Morgan Wilson, 17, suffered a cardiac arrest on July 8 while running at the Anaheim Tennis Center. She was revived before being taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where she was put in a medically induced coma in critical condition.

    Her  father said the girl had no signs of any health problems.

    "Morgan was a strong and passionate girl who loved life," her parents Scott and Debbie Wilson said in a statement. "She was positive and a role model for others."

    Morgan Wilson was the captain of the girls’ tennis team at Esperanza High School, and a member of the school’s track team. She began playing tennis at the age of 6 and had left a family vacation early to attend a tennis camp last week.

    On July 10, dozens of family members and friends gathered at the high school to pray for her recovery.

    Her friend Jake Rowland described her as a "go-getter" and a determined player who practiced "countless hours every single day."

    In their statement, Scott and Debbie Wilson thanked supporters for their prayers and urged others to learn CPR.

    "No family should have to go through the loss of a child," they said. "We believe that Morgan's life could have been saved had CPR been administered in a timely fashion."

    Morgan Wilson had registered to be an organ donor, her parents said, and the family is working with OneLegacy to donate her organs.