“After a comprehensive initial evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center led by Dr. MerijeChukumerije 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,” read a statement from the James family on Friday, August 25. “It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated.”
Congenital heart defect consists of one or more problems with the heart’s structure that typically develop before birth, per the Mayo Clinic. It can also change the way blood flows through the heart.
“We are very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future,” the statement continued, noting that updates will continue to be shared and that the family values their privacy.
LeBron James‘ eldest son, Bronny James, is following in his dad’s basketball-playing footsteps — and he’s already on his way to superstardom. Born in 2004, Bronny’s athletic skills started attracting attention when he was just 10 years old. By the time he started high school at Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, national interest in […]
Bronny, 18, was rushed to the hospital last month after suffering cardiac arrest during a workout practice for the basketball team at the University of Southern California.
“Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital,” a spokesperson for the James family told Us Weekly on July 25. “He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and we will update [the] media when there is more information.”
Bronny committed to USC for basketball in May ahead of his high school graduation that same month. He is the eldest child of LeBron, 38, and his wife, Savannah James. The couple, who tied the knot in 2013, also share son Bryce, 16, and daughter Zhuri, 8.
Amid Bronny’s hospitalization, LeBron gave an update on how the teen was doing while sharing his appreciation for the many well-wishes the family received on Bronny’s behalf.
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“I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers. We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone doing great,” LeBron wrote via Twitter on July 27. “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!”