Bronny James Diagnosed With Congenital Heart Defect, Full Recovery Expected
College basketball player Bronny James, the son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, is expected to make a full recovery from the heart attack he suffered July 24.
Medical examinations revealed the University of Southern California guard has a congenital heart defect.
“After a comprehensive initial evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center led by Dr. Merije Chukumerije and follow-up evaluations at the Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Michael J. Ackerman and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Center led by Dr. Matthew W. Martinez, the probable cause of Mr. James’ sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has been identified,” the James family said in a statement released to People.
According to the statement, James’s cardiac arrest occurred because he has a significant congenital heart defect, a condition that is treatable.
On July 27, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shared on its website that James had been discharged to the care of his parents and was at home resting.
LeBron James shared via Twitter/X that he was grateful for those who had sent the family their love and prayers.
“We feel you and I’m so grateful,” James tweeted. “Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love. Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your support has meant to all of us! #JamesGang,” the elder James tweeted.
Players like USC’s Vince Iwuchukwu with similar experiences took their time returning to the hardwood.
Iwuchuku, like James, was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and made a full recovery from his heart attack suffered during a January 2023 game against the University of Colorado.
Bronny, who came to USC in May as a five-star prospect, was projected to be a first-round NBA draft pick next year and possibly play with his father.
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