Richland Northeast High School quarterback Josh Boyd’s open surgery was a success, according to RNE coach Bennett Weigle.
Weigle and several RNE players visited Boyd at MUSC in Charleston on Saturday, a day after the quarterback had open-heart surgery.
“Surgery was a success. Visited with him today. He was talking and laughing just like normal Josh,” Weigle said Saturday night.
Boyd suffered a heart attack while playing a pick-up basketball game Wednesday at Sonny’s SportsPlex in Columbia. A group of firemen were playing with Boyd and his friends and immediately went into action.
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“Those guys could have played anywhere that day, but this our first time playing at this gym and I think it’s just the grace of God that we was at the right place at the right time, and I was just glad we was there,” Spain told the TV station.
There has been an outpouring of support for Boyd in the Midlands community and around the state. A GoFundme page has been established to help with the Boyd’s medical bills. Almost $3,000 has been raised so far.
RNE carried Boyd’s No. 6 jersey out to the coin toss Friday at South Pointe. South Pointe cheerleaders made a sign in honor of Boyd when the Stallions ran out of the field. Fans at Ridge View High School, another Richland 2 school, made a sign in Boyd’s honor for its game against Westwood.
This season, Boyd has thrown for 437 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 158 yards. Boyd also is a member of RNE’s basketball team.