GLYNDON, Minn. (AP) — A high school basketball player who collapsed during a game in western Minnesota remains in critical condition after undergoing heart surgery.

The Forum reported Friday night that Zach Gabbard was out of surgery. The paper cited a post on, a website used by family members to inform people about a patient’s condition.

According to the update posted by the family after 8 p.m., a catheter was being used to monitor the pressure on Gabbard’s brain. The post said he was “not out of the woods yet” and asked for thoughts and prayers.

The Perham player collapsed Thursday evening during a game at Dilworth-Glydon-Felton High School. A defibrillator was used on Gabbard before he was rushed to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D.

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Comments (13)
  1. jon says:

    once again, the best reason the ALL high schools should be required by law to have defibrillators on site! My suggestion is one in the gym, and one in the offices. Thankfully DGF aparently has one available. Prayers go out to Zach and his family!

    1. tiredandretired says:

      Good idea, but there will need to be a funding source. There are so many unfunded mandates for schools already, that many are in financial distress. If we think this is important enough to require it, we need to be responsible enough to put our money where our mouths are.

      1. Todd says:

        This couild be accomplished by adding a fee to the families for their student participating in the sports program. This is one item schools cannot do without.

    2. Todd says:

      One of these weeks or years a player is going to die because there wasn’t a defibrillator on site.

    3. Ed says:

      Great knee jerk reaction, who’s going to pay for all these?
      there are maybe 2,637 Minnesota Public Schools, 2 in each school that already can’t afford teachers @ $1500 each just to get started, now add in maintenance, replacement and training.
      if your kid needed to use a defib unit you pay a fee to help pay for it?
      Maybe they should be required by law to be in every public place, schools, stores, churches, homes too if you have kids visit.
      How often does this happen that we would need a new law?

  2. upnorth says:

    Brings back memories for us. A friend of ours collapsed and actually died during a BB game 6+ years ago. His family and friends did fundraising to place defibrillators in schools all around our area. I give the family a lot of credit for making that happen. There wasn’t a defibrillator to save their son, but they were making sure there were some in place to maybe save the lives of others.

    1. Chris says:

      Hats off to you and maybe we can take your lead there!
      I hate to think of having to experience this… so nice job and thanks for sharing.

    2. srvr says:

      Grand Rapids? The family did a great job raising awareness in our community.

  3. Tom says:

    already has to a Grand Rapids Basketball player a few years ago

  4. Claudia says:

    Every school I have been in in the Twin Cities has had an AED. I’m a nurse so I always look for them when I’m there to attend sporting events just in case…

  5. southof Perham says:

    We fundraised to purchase one for our church and they were not 1500. We got one for around 700. If you go this route, check with your public health organization and your local hospital, they may be able to help you purchase them for cost. I hope this young man recovers, I will keep him in my prayers.

  6. Nancy says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Zach. We need to spend our time and energy on what is right and not dwell on what is wrong with “the system”. There are ways to fund raise for the items and training needed. Ed, we are talking about saving a life here. Maybe some of that pop machine money could be used as part of a fund-raiser. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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