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Andrew Swank, Washington high school football player dies after hit to the head

Andrew Swank, 17 a high school football player from Washington has died after a blow to the head in a Friday night game.  Swank was in critical condition at after surgery that relieved pressure on his brain, and died Sunday night.

Team officials said Swank took a hard hit to the head, walked to the sideline and collapsed.

Swank is survived by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

“His family loves him so much and is so appreciative of everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” the news release said. “Andrew is donating his organs so others’ lives can be saved.”

Washington has the toughest sports concussion law in the US, which was passed in the spring of 2009; it is called The Zackery Lystedt Law and it requires all athletes under 18 who are suspected of having a concussion to have written consent from a medical provider who has been trained in evaluating concussions before returning to play.

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