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Sep 12, 2013 4:21 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Haas M.S. Praying for Student in Critical Condition

CORPUS CHRISTI - The family of a middle school football player says he's on life support today this after he likely suffered a severe allergic reaction to ant bites.

Haas Middle School Principal Lynda DeLeon says the team was huddled up during halftime when Cameron Espinosa started screaming as ants bit him.

The teen lost consciousness twice before medics arrived at the field. The medics were doing CPR as they rushed him to Bay Area Hospital, before he was transferred to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Cameron has ant bites all over his stomach and legs. A check behind Haas Middle School turned up a large amount of ants on the sports field.

Principal Espinosa says the field will not be used again until it is treated for insects.

A rally and prayer service was held today for Cameron. For now, the upcoming open house and other school events are on hold.

Counselors are also on campus for friends and teammates as they cope with the situation.

Haas's Principal, Dr. Lynda De Leon, says her focus is taking care of the school community and praying for Espinosa.

"It's scary and it's just being there to support the kids and what their needs are, and be strong, and as well as the staff, our staff is pretty shaken up too," she says.

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