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Updated: 8/19/2013 9:27 am
ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — Three Itawamba Middle School students have been hospitalized following a basketball practice held Monday afternoon.

The students are being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Parents are concerned about health complications possibly due to an intense basketball practice.

Thirteen-year-old Baylee Senter tried out for the team to play power forward, but he didn't know that try out would land him in a hospital bed.

Baylee said after an hour long of extreme lower body workouts, his muscles didn't feel normal.

"My legs were trying to give out on me," Senter said. "If I tried to bend or squat, me legs would give out, and I would fall over."

At first, he and his parents thought he was sore and would heal the next day, but that wasn't the case.

"It got around to sixth period, and I could hardly walk," he said. "It got so bad I could hardly sit down and sit up."

So a close family member checked him out of school, thinking a warm, salt bath would help his muscles.

It's at that point, they knew a trip to the emergency room was necessary.

"He decided to use the rest room first, and that's when we saw he had urine as dark as coffee," said Chris Senter, father.

After making a trip to North Mississippi Medical Center, Senter was transported by ambulance to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Doctors diagnosed him with rhabdomyolysis, which is the break down of muscle fibers into the bloodstream, typically causing kidney damage.

In Senter's case, his kidney's were only functioning at 30 percent, and his legs were also swollen to the point where couldn't get out of the bed.

"It's hard watching him not being able to get up and go because he is very active and can't stand staying in the bed," said Stephanie Senter, mother. "For the past few days, he hasn't been able to get up or move."

Doctor's originally said it was possible Baylee would have his legs amputated. Family members now say amputation has been ruled out, but surgery may be needed.

Stephanie Senter said the situation has been tough for the entire family.

"It's just being away from everybody," she said. "We're just ready for him to get better, so we can get home and see everybody."

As for Baylee, his parents said he's putting up a hard fight and has high hopes.

In fact, he already has a goal in mind.

"Maybe I'll get better and can play football."

Late Friday evening, WTVA confirmed that a third student was airlifted to Memphis from New Albany.

Sara Burnett, Le Bonheur spokesperson, says the third student was feeling the same symptoms and his condition is unknown.
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