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LeBron James’ son Bronny James was reportedly born with a congenital heart defect that can be treated.

Bronny, 18, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during basketball practice at the University of Southern California on July 24.
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He was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and has since postponed his first semester in college. He did not travel with the USC Trojans basketball team for an exhibition tour in Greece.

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According to ESPN‘s Jeff Borzello, a James family spokesperson issued a statement on Friday evening revealing Bronny’s heart condition is a genetic birth defect:

“After a comprehensive initial evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center led by Dr. Merije Chukumerije and follow-up evaluations at the Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Michael J. Ackerman and Atlantic Health/Morristown Medical Center led by Dr. Michael W. Martinez, the probable cause of Mr. James’ sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has been identified. It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated.”

The statement continues:

“We are very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future. We will continue to provide updates to media and respectfully reiterate the family’s request for privacy.”