Bronny James, the oldest son of NBA star LeBron James, is expected to make a full recovery after the July cardiac arrest he suffered while working out with his University of Southern California basketball teammates.
A spokesperson for the James family says, after thorough medical evaluations by a team of doctors from Cedars-Sinai, The Mayo Clinic, and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Center, the cause of the health scare was a congenital heart defect.
James Family Foundation spokesperson, Stephanie Rosa, described the condition as, “anatomically and functionally significant.” However, it “can and will be treated.”
She added that the family is, “confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future.”
On July 24, James collapsed during basketball practice at USC and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai. The 18-year-old was discharged three days later and was seen by various doctors around the country.
According to The Sport Institute, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. 1 or 2 out of 100,000 suffer a SCA every year. For African-American collegiate male athletes, that number jumps up to 6 out of 100,000.
Shortly before graduating from high school at Sierra Canyon, James committed to USC as one of the top prospects in the nation.