Bronny James expected to make full recovery and return to basketball in near future

Bronny James, the eldest son of LeBron James, is expected to make a full recovery and return to basketball in the near future after suffering a cardiac arrest last month at USC.

James, 18, was working out at the Galen Center, the practice home of the Trojans, when an emergency call was placed on July 24. He was eventually discharged from the hospital the following night and has since been seen in good spirits.

A family spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that, after further medical evaluations, Bronny was diagnosed with an “anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect” which can and will be treated.

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

A Congenital Heart Defect is one of the most common forms of birth defects, according to Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. It is an abnormality in which the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth.

James committed to play at USC in May over Ohio State and Oregon. He was the 19th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023 and was the last American recruit in the top 100 to sign with a school.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire