Enock Plancher responded, "When I say risks, I didn't want him to get hurt. I never knew that the game could kill him."
Gisele Plancher told the jury about baking cakes for each of Ereck Plancher's birthdays and talked about him while Yerrid played a slide show of pictures of him. She smiled when she explained he liked to dress up in tuxedos as a child. She cried softly when you she talked about pictures of Plancher in his UCF uniform and pictures of his memorial service attended by more than 3,000 people.
She told the jury about helping pack her son's car as he prepared to drive back to UCF at the end of spring break, giving him water and Gatorade for the trip. She told the jury Ereck Plancher said, "`Goodbye mom, I love you.' I say, `Goodbye son. I love you too.' It's the last time I saw him."
Gisele Plancher told the jury she had to remove Ereck Plancher's photographs and clothes from her home because she couldn't pass them without crying. She said the family no longer celebrates any holidays.
"That's the worst thing in life, for a mother to bury her son," she said. "That's hurt me every day. Every day, every minute, every second."
Before the Planchers were sworn in for live testimony, Dr. Saroja Bharati -- a cardiologist consulted by the Orange County medical examiner -- testified it was her opinion Plancher died from complications of sickle cell trait.
UCFAA attorneys have stressed Bharati stated in her report to the medical examiner that it would be useful to study the heart's cardiac conduction system by serial section cross examination. Stephany chose not to do the heart dissection, telling the jury he thought Bharati only wanted to see if for research purposes and it is the type of work done when a medical examiner has not been able to determine the cause of death.
Bharati's testimony was not videotaped, so highlights of it were ready to the jury.
During cross examination, Bharati agreed no one has researched the impact of sickle cell trait on the heart.
Before Bharati's testimony was read to the jury, Plancher family attorneys played video highlights of UCF coach George O'Leary's deposition.
O'Leary stated it was UCFAA policy to inform an athlete, inform an athlete's parents and inform the coaches whenever a football player tested positive for sickle cell trait.
"If it shows positive, there's counseling from the trainer, notification of the parents and notification of the coach," O'Leary stated when asked about UCFAA's policy.
After the Plancher family attorneys played about 15 minutes of O'Leary's deposition for the jury, the group was excused from the courtroom while the UCFAA attorneys argued the judge ruled before the trial and could not reference UCFAA's decision to inform Plancher's parents about the player's condition.
UCFAA argued Plancher was older than 18 years old at the time of his death and a federal privacy laws prevented it from informing his parents about the condition.
After an extended debate, Circuit Judge Robert M. Evans instructed the jury to disregard any reference O'Leary made to informing Planchers' parents their son tested positive for the trait because of privacy laws.
During his videotaped testimony, O'Leary called Plancher's final workout "non taxing" and said he never saw Plancher show any signs of distress. He stated he was aware sickle cell trait has caused the death of some football players.
O'Leary stated he was aware of what symptoms to look for, but he relied on athletic trainers to treat players.
Before O'Leary's testimony was played for the jury, UCFAA attorneys aimed to discredit former player Nate Tice. UCFAA cross examined Tice after he told jurors no one assisted Ereck Plancher when he showed signs of distress during his final workout.