Mother of Middle School Football Player Who Died on Practice Field Sues CareNow

The mother of a Crowley, Texas, middle school student, who watched her son collapse on a football practice field in 2018, has filed suit against CareNow and the physician’s assistant who cleared him to play.

Kyrell McBride-Johnson was 13 years old when he and his mother, Monica Debbs, went to CareNow for a physical, where they told the physician’s assistant examining him that he had experienced chest pain during or after exercise, had become ill from exercising in the heat, and had asthma.

Kyrell also told the physician’s assistant who examined him that he sometimes felt his heart skip a beat. Despite this information, the physician’s assistant cleared him to participate in football practice. Six days later, he was dead. 

This young man didn’t have to die and he wouldn’t have died if CareNow and the P.A. had done their jobs the right way,” said attorney Reid Martin of Martin Walker in Tyler, who represents Ms. Debbs. “Simply put, he had no business being on that practice field. He should still be alive today.” 

The case is Monica Debbs, Individually and as heir of the Estate of K.M.J. vs. Primary Health, Inc. et al., Cause No. DC-20-11300 in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas. 

For more information, please contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or

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