Bronny James, son of NBA legend LeBron James, is set to return to basketball just four months after suffering cardiac arrest during training. The incident, which occurred in July, sent shockwaves through the sports world as Bronny, a highly touted prospect, was preparing for his freshman season at the University of Southern California.
The quick response of the medical staff at USC was instrumental in saving Bronny's life. Cardiac arrest is a sudden and unexpected loss of heart function, and if left untreated for more than a few minutes, can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
Fortunately, Bronny received CPR immediately and was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent treatment. After a period of recovery, he has now been cleared to resume his basketball career. At just 18 years old, he faced a life-threatening event and became stronger than ever.
His return to basketball is an inspiration to all who have faced similar adversity.
His family issued a statement regarding his return to the field
"Bronny James has been cleared by his doctor to fully return to basketball.
He will have a final check-up with officials at the University of Southern California (USC) this week and will resume training next week, followed by a return to games. The James family would like to express my gratitude to the amazing medical staff, the entire USC community and especially the many friends, family members and fans for their love and support." - the announcement emphasizes.
Brony James, like his father, is a very good basketball player himself, and before this acute cardiac arrest, he was predicted to have a solid NBA career. Whether it will happen after this medical challenge remains to be seen, but bearing in mind that there have been cases of professional athletes continuing their careers after similar situations, such as the Danish football star Christian Eriksen, it is not excluded that LeBron's successor is still engaged in the "game under the hoops" at a serious level.