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Spokesperson Confirms Bronny James Has Congenital Heart Defect That Led to Cardiac Arrest

LOS ANGELES — According to a family spokesperson, Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, suffered from a congenital heart defect that caused him to go into cardiac arrest during a basketball workout at the University of Southern California (USC) last month.

Following the incident on July 24, Bronny was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and later received medical attention at the Mayo Clinic and Atlantic Health-Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

A statement released by Stephanie Rosa of the LeBron James Family Foundation confirmed that the cause of Bronny’s cardiac arrest was a significant congenital heart defect but expressed confidence in his full recovery and return to basketball in the near future.

Bronny James was released from Cedars-Sinai three days after the incident and was seen dining out in Santa Monica with his family the following night.

As a highly-touted basketball prospect, Bronny committed to USC in May and had plans to join the Trojans for their European tour this month. However, his cardiac arrest prevented his participation.

This marks the second instance of a high-profile USC basketball recruit experiencing cardiac arrest within a year. Vincent Iwuchuwku, a 7-foot-1 center, suffered a similar fate during a workout last July but was able to return to the court six months later.

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