The grieving family of a 20-year-old student who tragically died from heatstroke following a workout has reached a $14 million settlement with a Kentucky university.
The parents of Grant Brace reportedly sued the University of the Cumberlands after their son passed away only hours after a workout with the wrestling team in 2020.
He died after a ‘punishment practice’ during which coaches ‘ignored Grant’s deteriorating medical condition throughout practice,’ the lawsuit filed by the family said.
The lawsuit also stated how Brace repeatedly begged for water but university wrestling coaches would not let anyone help him and sent him out of the wrestling facility by himself.
After leaving the training session, the student tried to drink from an outdoor water fountain but it wasn’t working.
Surveillance footage released by Good Morning America also showed him trying to enter a locked building.
The student was found dead ‘with his hands clinched in the grass and dirt after a desperate and erratic search for assistance and water,” the lawsuit continued.
According to WTVD, Brace had ADHD and narcolepsy and was prescribed Adderall, which requires hydration.
Grant’s grieving father, Kyle Brace, said: “They did it and didn’t care. They didn’t care.
“He was on all fours, and he had dug his hands in the dirt, and he had fistfuls of dirt.
“It’s too late.”
The university said in a statement to PEOPLE that it could defend itself from the claims but decided to settle.
“The University made the decision to settle the case now in a manner it hopes will respect the Brace family’s tremendous loss,” they said.
University Chancellor Jerry Jackson said in a statement: “Grant was a talented, well-liked young man entering his junior year with a bright future ahead of him.”
“University community continues to mourn his untimely loss. We sincerely hope that resolving this matter early in the legal process will offer the Brace family a measure of peace and healing.”
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