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Bronny James, Son of NBA Star LeBron James, Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Defect After Cardiac Arrest

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LeBron James son, Bronny James had been diagnosed with a congenital heart abnormality that caused cardiac arrest. It is expected that he will recover completely. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the USC Trojans basketball recruit told Page Six that “the probable cause” of Bronny’s SCA was “an anatomically as well as functionally significant congenital heart defect.” A representative of Bronny’s family said that “his health can and will be treated” and that the family is confident he will make a “full recovery,” including returning to basketball. In order to determine his diagnosis, the 18-year-old underwent an initial examination at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre under the supervision of Dr. Merije Chukumerije.

As well as follow-up evaluations at the Mayo Clinic and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Centre, led by Drs. Michael J. Ackerman and Matthew W. Martinez, respectively. “We will continue to provide media updates and politely reiterate the family’s request for privacy,” according to the statement. Bronny James fainted after a basketball practise at USC’s Galen Centre. He was attended to by on-site medical personnel and transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit before being transferred to general care. The American Heart Association defines cardiac arrest as a circumstance in which the heart “experiences a malfunction & ceases to beat without warning.” It is distinct from a heart attack, which occurs when blood flow to the heart is restricted.


After Months Of Being Concerned About Cardiac Arrest, LeBron James Son Bronny James’ Heart Defect Is Revealed

The reason for Bronny James’ unexpected cardiac arrest has been disclosed. In a statement to ET one month after LeBron James’ 18-year-old son slipped into cardiac arrest during basketball practise, a James family spokeswoman revealed the cause of the health issue. “As a result of a comprehensive initial evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center led by Dr. Merije Chukumerije as well as follow-up evaluations at the Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Michael J. Ackerman and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Centre led by Dr. Matthew W. Martinez, according to the statement, “the probable cause of Mr James’ sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has been identified.” “We are confident Bronny will fully recover and return to basketball in the very near future.” according to the family representative. “It is an anatomically and functionally significant congenital heart defect, which can and will be treated.” “We will continue to provide media information & respectfully reiterate the family’s request for privacy,” said the statement.


Bronny was brought to the hospital on July 24 after falling during a basketball practise with the University of Southern California Trojans. A family representative stated at the time that LeBron and his wife, Savannah James, “wish to publically send their deepest gratitude and admiration to the USC medical & athletic staff for their incredible job and their commitment to the safety of their athletes.” Three days later, Bronny was released from the hospital, with his doctor, Merije Chukumerije, telling ET, “Mr James was treated promptly by highly-trained staff and was discharged to his home to rest.” Although his treatment will continue, we remain optimistic about his recovery and encouraged by his response, perseverance, and family and community support.” Bronny was photographed for the first time following his health scare shortly after. Bronny and his father went to a Dodgers game and a Drake concert the next month.


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