Six-Year-Old Baseball Player With Rare Heart Condition Suffered Heart Attack While Taking Team Photo

A Georgia family is mourning the death of a 6-year-old boy, who suddenly had a heart attack while taking pictures with his baseball team last week.

As WTVC reports, Meghan Bryson says her son Brantley Chandler loved baseball. He was a member of the Rock Springs Mustangs baseball team. On March 28, Brantley was wearing his team’s uniform and had just finished taking his individual photo before things took a turn for the worse.

Bryson says her son was on the field with his fellow teammates preparing to take the team photo when he collapsed.

According to his mother, Brantley was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), WBALTV11 reports.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HLHS is a “present at birth” or a congenital heart defect. The defect is where the left side of a baby’s heart does not form properly during pregnancy. This impacts the blood flow through the child’s heart.

According to the CDC, in the United States, around 960 babies ( or 1 out of every 4,344) are born with HLHS. The CDC reports that the cause of heart defects like HLHS is unknown. Despite treatments (medicines, surgeries, and nutrition tactics),  babies with the heart defect can have “lifelong complications.”

The Rock Spring Athletic Association posted a statement regarding Brantley’s death on Friday.

RSAA would like to express it’s deepest sympathies to the family of little Brantley Chandler. He was part of the RSAA…

In part, it read:

RSAA would like to express it’s deepest sympathies to the family of little Brantley Chandler. He was part of the RSAA family and left this world suddenly last night. He was a joy to watch play baseball and always had a smile on his face! He will be missed dearly by his friends, teammates, coaches and mostly his family.

The 6-year-old’s family held parting services for him over the weekend.

An obituary for Brantley said:

When he was not playing baseball, Brantley could be found enjoying what the outdoors had to offer.  He loved Hunting, fishing, spending time with his hunting dog “Boss”, riding four wheelers, and playing in the mud getting his boots dirty! Brantley could ask more questions than anyone in a minute, he loved tractors and heavy equipment…

In addition to his biological parents, Brantley leaves behind two step-parents, two sisters, and a brother.