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Sharks Swim Team Member Dies

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Update: In a tragic turn of events, the swimmer featured in this West Chicago Voice news article sadly has died. James Oliver, a member of the West Chicago Sharks Swim Team and a freshman at Geneva High School suffered a stroke that necessitated surgery, he remained in critical condition following his hospitalization. Geneva Community High School Principal Tom Rogers announced Monday morning that the student had died.

“We received very sad news last evening that James Oliver, a freshman here at Geneva High School, has passed away,” Rogers wrote in an email to the Geneva High School student body. “James suffered an AVM stroke on Friday, Dec. 8th after swim practice and was in critical condition until the time of his passing last night. As a school community, our thoughts are with his brother, Sean, a GHS junior, his family, and friends, and our hearts are mourning this loss.”

An online fundraising campaign has been started for the Oliver family during this difficult time. View the Go Fund Me Here.

The following news article appeared in the West Chicago Voice last week informing readers of the swimmer’s medical emergency:

This past Friday night, James Oliver, a West Chicago Shark currently swimming on the West Chicago High school team, had a serious medical emergency.

James had an AVM stroke and needed to be transported to Laurie Children’s Hospital by helicopter where he underwent emergency surgery.

If you are willing and able to help support James and his family at this time, they would greatly appreciate it. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe here: https://gofund.me/2f4a7d86

El viernes pasado por la noche, James Oliver, un tiburón de West Chicago que actualmente nada en el equipo de la escuela secundaria de West Chicago, tuvo una emergencia médica grave.

James sufrió un derrame cerebral por MAV y tuvo que ser transportado en helicóptero al Laurie Children’s Hospital, donde fue sometido a una cirugía de emergencia.

Si está dispuesto y es capaz de ayudar a James y su familia en este momento, se lo agradecerían mucho. Amigos de la familia han creado un GoFundMe aquí: https://gofund.me/2f4a7d86o

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