Team Rallies Around Water Polo Player

The Nogales High School player suffered a seizure and was found at the bottom of the pool during a game at another campus

A 16-year-old star water polo player was recovering Friday after he suffered a seizure and was found unresponsive in the pool during a Chino high school match.

Around 5:40 p.m., there was a stop in play during a match, and the players exited the pool at Don Antonio Lugo High School. Everyone realized one of the visiting Nogales High School players was missing, and Alejandro Camacho, the team's guard, was found still in the water.

His teammates, coaches and his father jumped in to save him -- just in time they said.

"I just sank, but I don't remember that, i just remember waking up in the hospital," Camacho said Friday.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene and he was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Camacho said he is glad to be home, but sad that his condition of epilepsy may prevent him from getting back to the sport.

Camacho has had seizures before, including one similar incident, but was cleared to play by a doctor.

The match was Nogales' first round CIF championship match against rival Don Antonio Lugo, and the first thing Camacho asked from the hospital was about the outcome.

"The very first thing I hear is 'Hey coach, did you guys win?'" said Marco Garcia, Nogales' head coach. "I had to tell him we didn't pull off the win, but that just shows what kind of kid he is, after everything that happened he's still with the team."

The school said they want to make sure Camacho is healthy and back at school before even considering sports.

"I'm going to go back to school on Monday," Camacho said.

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