LOUISVILLE, KY -- Hospital records indicate that Pleasure Ridge Park High School sophomore Max Gilpin did not die because coaches denied him water during a football practice, according to a medical expert for Max's coaches, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.
Instead, a prescription drug Max was taking for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder most likely triggered the heat stroke that led to his death in August, because it contained amphetamine, which can cause overheating, said Dr. George Nichols, Kentucky's former chief medical examiner.
Nichols has been hired as a consultant by lawyers representing former PRP coach Jason Stinson and his assistant coaches, who have been sued by Max's parents, Michele Crockett and Jeff Gilpin. Stinson also faces a criminal charge of reckless homicide in Max's death.
Because records show that Max was hydrated when he was brought to Kosair Children's Hospital -- and a drug screen there found amphetamine in his system -- Nichols said he concluded that the prescription drug Adderall probably caused the heat stroke.
Dr. William Smock, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Louisville, who has no connection to the case and reviewed Max's medical records at The Courier-Journal's request, agreed with Nichols that Max's heat stroke was not caused by lack of water.
Smock, who is also director of the clinical forensic medicine program at University Hospital, also said he believes Adderall prompted Max's heat stroke and death, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.
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