USC freshman Bronny James, son of NBA star LeBron James, collapsed from cardiac arrest during a basketball workout at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Monday.
“Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU,” a family spokesperson said in a statement.
“LeBron and Savannah wish to publicly send their deepest thanks and appreciation to the USC medical and athletic staff for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes.”
The shocking news had the entire sports world sending their thoughts and prayers to Bronny and the James family. On Thursday, LeBron broke the family’s silence on the situation, taking to Twitter to provide a brief update on his eldest son.
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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 is doing great,” James wrote.
“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”
I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers. We feel you and I’m so grateful. 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…
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 27, 2023
Bronny, 18, is set to embark on his first collegiate season at USC. Following a Lakers game on the day of his commitment, LeBron called it, “One of the best days of my life.”
“I’m super proud of him. Our family is proud of him. For me, personally, it’s even more special to me because it’s the first time someone out of my family will go to college. … It’s just a proud moment to see my son go to college. … Superduper proud, super emotional, super excited and happy for his journey. Today was a proud day. No matter the outcome of this (Lakers) game, I couldn’t lose today,” James said.
Bronny is one of the top prospects in the country and is projected to be a potential lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. It is unclear what type of effect this setback will have on his freshman season and playing career until more information becomes available.
Cardiac arrest vs. heart attack
Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, though both deal with issues of the heart.
The American Heart Association notes the following difference between both medical issues:
A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating. A heart attack is a ‘circulation’ problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an ‘electrical’ problem.
What is cardiac arrest?
The AHA notes that cardiac arrest can occur without warning as a result of an electrical “malfunction” that causes an irregular heartbeat, called arrhythmia. It affects the heart’s ability to pump blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs; without oxygen, the person goes unconscious and has no pulse. People who suffer cardiac arrest can die within minutes if not treated.
Athletes who have suffered cardiac arrest
The most notable recent example of a player who suffered cardiac arrest is Bills safety Damar Hamlin. Following a routine tackle of Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season, Hamlin collapsed and needed to have his heartbeat restored on the field of Paycor Stadium by Bills medical staff.
He issued a message of support to Bronny James and his family following news of his Monday collapse:
Prayers to Bronny & The James family as well. 🙏🏽 here for you guys just like you have been for me my entire process.
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) July 25, 2023
This is not the first time a member of USC’s basketball team has suffered cardiac arrest, either. Vincent Iwuchukwu had a similar incident during a July 2022 workout for the Trojans. He told Rivals.com in February that he felt very tired, then dizzy, before losing consciousness.
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