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(WMC-TV) - Three Mid-South students are in the hospital for what parents are calling an extreme workout during basketball tryouts. The Itawamba Middle School students are now listed in satisfactory condition at The MED in Memphis as of Monday night.
Eighth grader Baylee Senter never expected to be in a hospital bed after trying out for the basketball team at the Itawamba Attendance Center.
"He told me it was the toughest practice he'd ever had," said parent, Chris Senter.
The day after tryouts, Senter had to come home from school and could barely walk up the stairs to his door. His father, Chris, said he realized conditions were far more serious after Baylee Senter tried to use the restroom.
"His urine was just about as dark as coffee," said Chris.
Chris said two of his son's friends, who also tried out for the team, are in Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, too.
According to Senter, all three boys have Rhabdomyolysis, which is something that causes muscle tissue to break down.
"Muscle tissue was breaking down, it was releasing toxins and protein to the blood system, therefore stopping up his kidneys," said Chris.
While at the hospital, Senter said his son's kidney function dropped down around 20 percent, but he has since recovered.
The Itawamba School District released this statement:
"We are still looking into this matter, and are therefore very limited in what we can say at this point. However, we are mindful that there is some inaccurate information being discussed. We would like to state that there is no indication that these students took anything or used anything which contributed to this situation. Also, we would like the public to be aware that their condition is not contagious. We ask the public to not jump to conclusions regarding anyone's actions as we continue to look into this matter."