Collapse at Consol Game May Prompt New Rules

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The story of an Austin Westlake offensive lineman that collapsed on the sideline of a game at A&M Consolidated High School may prompt state officials to require all Texas schools to have an automatic external defibrillator.

Matt Nader's heart was restarted, thanks to quick action by people in the stands, including his own parents when he collapsed last month.

The University Interscholastic League during their October 15 meeting will consider whether to require schools to have at least one AED by the beginning of the next school year.

The discussion follows the recent deaths of four Houston-area athletes.

Both Bryan and College Station school districts have AEDs immediately available, if needed.

College Station has four available total, including two donated to the Tiger band after the Matt Nader incident. Bryan ISD has two available at all times.

Officials with both districts say future AED purchases are under consideration in both Bryan and College Station.