Family, friends attend prayer vigil for teen who went into cardiac arrest during basketball game in Detroit

Cartier Woods remains in critical condition

DETROIT – Family and friends attended a prayer vigil Friday for the Detroit teen who went into cardiac arrest during a basketball game at Northwestern High School.

Cartier Woods, 18, a Detroit Public Schools Community District student, has been in critical condition since the game Tuesday (Jan. 31) night.

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Woods’ aunt, Dwanda Woods, said he hasn’t shown any improvement and remains in critical condition.

“I wish it would change, but nothing, no activity to the brain or anything right now,” said Dwanda Woods. “So we’re just waiting, day by day, being patient and praying.”

Friends who also attended the vigil prayed for their friend to pull through.

“We here for you Cartie,” said Iyania Curry. “We got you. We love you.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Cartier’s medical expenses.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.