Lifestyle Health 'Super Healthy' 19-Year-Old Dies from Coronavirus Complications After Returning to College Chad Dorrill developed serious neurological problems after COVID-19 "attacked his brain," his uncle said By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Julie Mazziotta is the Sports Editor at PEOPLE, covering everything from the NFL to tennis to Simone Biles and Tom Brady. She was previously an Associate Editor for the Health vertical for six years, and prior to joining PEOPLE worked at Health Magazine. When not covering professional athletes, Julie spends her time as a (very) amateur athlete, training for marathons, long bike trips and hikes. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 30, 2020 01:38 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Chad Dorrill. Photo: Yasmin Leonard Photography A “super healthy” 19-year-old who contracted COVID-19 died of serious neurological complications from the disease after returning to college. Chad Dorrill, a sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, was a long-distance runner and basketball player in “tremendous shape,” his uncle, David Dorrill, told The New York Times. “He was healthy … Skinny. Could run six miles without any issue. He ran with us less than three weeks ago, in fact. He was healthy — until this hit,” said David. Chad had returned to school, living off-campus and taking online classes, when he started developed flu-like symptoms. His mother persuaded him to come home, quarantine and get tested for COVID-19, the university’s chancellor, Sheri Everts, wrote in a message to students on Tuesday. Chad ended up testing positive on Sept. 7. 'Perfectly Healthy' 16-Year-Old Who Loved Photography and Video Games Died Suddenly from COVID-19 After 10 days in quarantine at home in Wallburg, North Carolina, Chad went back to Boone. But he soon developed severe neurological complications from the virus. “When he tried to get out of bed his legs were not working, and my brother had to carry him to the car and take him to the emergency room,” David said. “The doctor said it was a one-in-a-million case — that they’d never seen something progress the way it did. It was a COVID complication that rather than attacking his respiratory system attacked his brain.” RELATED VIDEO: Resident Doctor Dies of Coronavirus at 28 After Treating COVID-19 Positive Patients in the ER Chad’s family brought him to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, and at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 they removed him from life support. Dr. Colin McDonald, chair of neurology at the hospital, said the staff was “devastated” to lose Chad. “We are doing everything we can to figure out why this happened,” McDonald told the Times. Coronavirus Could Lead to Brain Damage in Infected Patients, Study Says David, who said that an autopsy will be conducted, added that it is not known how his nephew contracted COVID-19, and that Chad “told us he was always careful to wear a mask.” According to Everts, the chancellor, “His family’s wishes are for the university to share a common call to action so our entire campus community recognizes the importance of following COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines.” There are currently 183 active cases of COVID-19 in students at Appalachian State University, which has in-person and virtual classes, and 3 cases in employees, according to the school’s website. Since March 27, 594 students have tested positive, along with 29 employees and 41 subcontractors. Though teenagers and children are at a lower risk of severe illness from COVID-19, Chad’s case highlights that it is possible, Everts said. “As we approach the halfway mark to the last day of classes for the Fall semester, we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in students,” she said. “All of us must remain vigilant with our safety behaviors wherever we are in our community.” There have been at least 130,000 cases of COVID-19 at more than 1,300 colleges across the country since schools reopened this fall, the Times reports, and at least 70 people have died. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.