Four months after being rushed to the hospital because he collapsed during a practice session, Bronny James has been cleared to make a full return to basketball.
After a final evaluation by University of Southern California staff, James – son of NBA legend LeBron James – will return to basketball practice next week and games shortly thereafter, said Thursday a spokesperson for the James family.
He missed the start of his freshman season at USC, but should still be able to earn playing time before it ends, according to the release.
In July, James collapsed on the court during a practice at USC, where he was set to begin his college basketball career.
James’ family said at the time that he had suffered cardiac arrest. He was released from the hospital after a three-day stay.
The cardiac event was caused by a congenital heart defect, the family spokesperson said in August, adding that it was a treatable condition that would not prevent James from pursuing his budding basketball career -ball.
Evaluations by James’ doctors revealed that the likely cause of the cardiac arrest “is an anatomically and functionally significant congenital heart defect that can and will be treated,” the James family spokesperson said in a statement in august.