It was a Monday morning, the last full day of school at Trinity Prep before final exams and Christmas break. That's when the pain started. John Michael Night didn't want to interrupt the teacher, so he sent a text to his mom.
"HELP," he typed. "I don't know what's going on."
Two weeks earlier, the popular star of Trinity's lacrosse team had been awarded an athletic and academic scholarship to Georgia's Mercer University, one of the South's top colleges. But in class that morning, the 17-year-old senior felt like it was all he could do to sit up. His head screamed. His vision blurred. Sound grew distorted.
He thought he might pass...