Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper missed Wednesday’s Navy football team practice due to a potential complication his son, who is awaiting a heart transplant, had, calling into question his availability to coach at Saturday’s Army-Navy rivalry game.
Jasper’s son, Jarren, 14, had an appointment at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. But doctors discovered that there was a potential complication, which led to Jarren staying overnight at the hospital, Navy Athletics Spokesman Scott Strasemeier told the Capital Gazette.
Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo and his wife left the Touchdown Club of Annapolis’ annual Army-Navy cocktail party on Wednesday night to head to the hospital and see Jasper.
Strasemeier told the Capital Gazette that he could not speculate on whether or not Jasper would attend Thursday’s practice.
In June, Jarren Jasper was diagnosed with supra-ventricular tachycardia, an abnormally fast heart rhythm as a result of irregular electrical activity in the heart.
During a catheter ablation procedure to correct the issue, Jarren’s heart swelled and his coronary artery was closed off. The next 11 days, Jarren was on life support. Now he awaits a heart transplant.