The congenital heart abnormality that led to Bronny James’ cardiac arrest on July 24 was revealed by a James family spokeswoman on Friday. James is expected to make a full recovery and play basketball again in the very near future.
“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’s sudden cardiac arrest has been identified,” the statement read. “It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated.”
The release continued by stating that James’ medical professionals were “very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future.”
James is the Lakers forward and all-time leading scorer in the NBA’s family.
On July 25, the James family disclosed in a statement that Bronny had passed out during a Trojans practise, prompting news of James’s health scare. After being transported to the hospital, he underwent brief treatment in the intensive care unit before being discharged.
James spent the weeks after getting evaluated at the Mayo Clinic and other medical institutions, all in an effort to find out why he went into cardiac arrest.
Bronny made numerous public appearances with his father after being released from the hospital as he recovered, including at a Drake concert and a Dodgers game.
In May, Bronny James committed to USC. Over Oregon and Ohio State, he choose the Trojans. James was the 33rd-ranked player in his class and was earlier this year awarded a McDonald’s All-American.
James oversaw a 95-22 record at Sierra Canyon High School in California. During his senior year, he had averages of 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
On November 6, USC will take on Kansas State in Las Vegas to begin its season.