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Bronny James health update: LeBron’s son released from Los Angeles hospital after cardiac arrest

Bronny was released from an intensive care unit after treatment and is currently in stable condition

Gustaf Kilander
Friday 28 July 2023 16:34 BST
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Bronny James, the oldest son of Lebron James, has been released from hospital in Los Angeles several days after going into cardiac arrest.

Consulting cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Dr Marije Chukumerije, told The Athletic in a statement that “Thanks to the swift and effective response by the USC athletics’ medical staff, Bronny James was successfully treated for a sudden cardiac arrest. He arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center fully conscious, neurologically intact and stable.

“Mr James was cared for promptly by highly-trained staff and has been discharged home, where he is resting. Although his workup will be ongoing, we are hopeful for his continued progress and are encouraged by his response, resilience, and his family and community support.”

Bronny collapsed sometime around 9.20am on Monday at the USC basketball facility in Los Angeles.

The 18-year-old briefly lost consciousness during the cardiac event and the team’s medical staff gave him initial treatment at the court.

A 911 call was made reportedly at 9.26am and he was rushed to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center at “Code 3, lights and sirens,” the Los Angeles Times reported.


Who is Bronny James?

Bronny James, 18, is the eldest son of legendary basketball star LeBron James.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Mr James committed to playing basketball for the USC Trojans next season. He is expected to be drafted into the NBA in the future.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 17:35

What causes cardiac arrest in healthy athletes?

As the public becomes more aware of cardiac arrest incidents occurring in young, seemingly healthy, athletes some are wondering how these are possible.

According to the University of Washington’s Sports Institute, about 1 or 2 in every 100,000 young athletes experience a sudden cardiac arrest every year.

Men are at higher risk than women, Black men most of all, and the riskiest sports appear to be football and basketball. For male basketballers at the top level of US college sports, the risk is 20 per 100,000 each year.

In fact, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading medical cause of death for college athletes in the US, according to research from long before the Covid era.

According to an NCAA report in 2016, men’s basketball and football players account for 50 per cent of sudden cardiac deaths in the NCAA, despite making up only 23 per cent of all male NCAA athletes.

So, although scientists still don’t really know why these cardiac arrests are more common for young athletes, the fact that they are more common is well established.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 18:00

James family thanks USC staff for saving Bronny’s life

Bronny James’ parents, LeBron and Savannah, issued a statement Tuesday thanking the University of South Carolina’s medical and athletic staff for saving him after the 18-year-old experienced cardiac arrest.

“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.”

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 18:30

VOICES: Elon Musk responding to Bronny James is exactly what we can expect of Twitter now

“When it comes to Musk’s unsolicited and unsubstantiated theory, the data doesn’t suggest it is the most likely explanation. Developing myocarditis from a Covid-19 vaccine is rare. In fact, the American Heart Association published a 2022 analysis of nearly 43 million people which found that people are more likely to develop myocarditis from Covid-19 itself than from the vaccine.”

Ahmed Baba writes:

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 19:00

Bronny James required CPR before being rushed to hospital

A recently released 911 audio recording has revealed that Bronny James, 18, needed CPR before being rushed to the hospital.

Once Mr James experienced cardiac arrest, a 911 call was placed around 9.25am. In the minutes it took an ambulance to arrive, Mr James lost consciousness.

Emergency medical staff expedited Mr James’ transportation calling a “Code three, lights and sirens” to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Mr James’ smooth recovery thus far indicates that the medical staff at USC knew to perform CPR in order to give Mr James the highest chance of survival.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 19:30

A similar incident of sudden cardiac arrest: Damar Hamlin

NFL player Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest during a game on 2 January.

The Buffalo Bills safety collapsed on the field shortly after making a tackle during the clash with the Cincinnati Bengals at the Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

Rob Maaddi reports:

What we know after NFL player Damar Hamlin suffers cardiac arrest during game

The Buffalo Bills safety suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after making a tackle during game with the Cincinnati Bengals

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 20:00

What is cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest is “the sudden loss of all heart activity due to an irregular heart rhythm,” and is also referred to as sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death, according to the Mayo Clinic. Cardiac arrest refers to when the heart stops completely, and the body no longer has blood or oxygen flow. If not treated immediately, the condition can lead to death.

The National Institute of Health attributes the cause of cardiac arrest to types of arrhythmias, irregular heartbeats that stop the blood from pumping through to the heart, with the main causes “ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia,” both types of arrhythmias.

If a person has had prior cardiac arrest, heart valve disease, arrhythmias caused by gene defects, congenital heart defects, or coronary heart disease, they are more at risk. Family history, smoking, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, can put an individual at risk too.

A heart attack differs from sudden cardiac arrest, as a heart attack means blood flow to a specific part of the heart is blocked which has the potential to change the “heart’s electrical activity that leads to sudden cardiac arrest,” while sudden cardiac arrest isn’t a blockage, the Mayo Clinic notes. According to the NIH, sudden cardiac arrest typically causes the individual to become unconscious and stops their breathing.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 21:00

Cardiologists say Bronny’s chances of full recovery are ‘really promising’

A pair of cardiologists who did not treat Bronny James but are familiar with cardiac arrests spoke to the Los Angeles Times and offered their thoughts on his likely recovery.

They noted that Bronny’s removal from an intensive care unit within 24 hours of his cardiac event was “really promising.”

“Even for a young, healthy athlete, being out of the ICU already is pretty good,” Dr Cheng-Han Chen, medical director of Pacific Cardiovascular Associates Medical Group’s structural heart disease program in Southern California, told the LA Times.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 22:00

Bronny James in stable condition

After LeBron James’ son, Bronny, experienced cardiac arrest during basketball practice on Monday, the 18-year-old was rushed to the hospital where he received treatment.

Bronny, as of Tuesday morning, was out of the intensive care unit and in stable condition.

The James family thanked medical staff for acting quickly but since yesterday have not given any further updates.

Ariana Baio26 July 2023 23:00

Why there is nothing suspicious about Bronny James’s cardiac arrest

Medical evidence gives us almost zero reason to link the young basketballer’s case to Covid-19 jabs.

Io Dodds reports:

Anti-vaxxers claim Bronny James’s cardiac arrest is suspicious. Here’s why it isn’t

Medical evidence gives us almost zero reason to link the young basketballer’s case to Covid-19 jabs, as Elon Musk suggested on Tuesday. Io Dodds reports

Ariana Baio27 July 2023 00:00

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