In a recent update on the health status of Bronny James, son of NBA superstar LeBron James, it has been revealed that the 18-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest due to a congenital heart defect. The announcement was made by a family spokesperson, following comprehensive evaluations conducted by medical experts.
According to the spokesperson, the evaluations were conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, led by Dr. Merije Chukumerije, as well as at the Mayo Clinic, led by Dr. Michael J. Ackerman, and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Center, led by Dr. Matthew W. Martinez. It was determined that the probable cause of Bronny James' sudden cardiac arrest was an anatomically and functionally significant congenital heart defect. However, the spokesperson assured that the defect can and will be treated.
The James family remains optimistic about Bronny's full recovery and his return to basketball in the near future. They have requested privacy during this time but have promised to provide updates to the media. The incident occurred on July 24, during a practice session for his upcoming collegiate basketball season at the University of Southern California (USC). The Trojans' season is set to begin later this year.
Bronny James, who committed to USC in May, was ranked 33rd in his class and was named a McDonald's All-American earlier this year. During his time at Sierra Canyon High School in California, his team had an impressive record of 95-22. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game in his senior season.
It is worth noting that Bronny James is eligible for the 2024 NBA Draft, and his father LeBron James has expressed his desire to play alongside his son in the professional league. However, it remains to be seen if Bronny will recover in time for the upcoming college basketball season or if he will opt for a redshirt year.
Cardiac arrest in young athletes is rare but not unheard of. The American Heart Association states that it occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. It is the leading cause of death for young athletes in the United States, as reported by the Mayo Clinic.
LeBron James took to Twitter in July to express his gratitude for the support and prayers his family received during his son's recovery. He assured everyone that they were doing well and appreciated the love they had received. Since the incident, Bronny has been seen in public, going out to dinner with his family in California and playing the piano at home.
As Bronny continues to be evaluated on his road to recovery, his well-being and progress will be closely monitored. The basketball community eagerly awaits his return to the court, where he undoubtedly has a promising future ahead of him.