Just days before the 2014 NBA draft, Isaiah Austin, a projected first-round pick, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, prohibiting his basketball career. His heartbreaking medical condition was unexpectedly discovered at a standard physical.
This is truly a devastating story. Isaiah Austin, 20, was gearing up for the June 26th NBA draft when he found out he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, Marfan syndrome, which affects his heart and will prevent him from playing basketball ever again. Keep reading for more details on Isaiah.
Isaiah Austin: NBA Prospect Diagnosed With Marfan Syndrome
NBA prospect Isaiah Austin, who caught the eye of the NBA, while playing for Baylor University, will never play basketball again.
After a standard physical, required by the NBA, showed abnormality, the 7 foot 1 athlete underwent further genetic tests. Tragically, they came back positive for Marfan syndrome.
Marfan syndrome is a condition that effects the heart. Isaiah announced on June 22 that the arteries in his heart are enlarged and if he overworks himself, his heart could rupture. Therefore, his dream of playing in the NBA is over.
“They said I wouldn’t be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level,” Isaiah told ESPN. “They found the gene in my blood sample…the draft is four days away and I had a dream that my name was going to be called.”
Although, Isaiah is crushed that his dream is over, he has been staying positive on Twitter:
Words can’t explain how thankful I am for the time I had to play this wonderful sport. It changed my life forever. #NewBeginnings
— God’s Child (@IsaiahAustin) June 22, 2014
Marfan Syndrome: Not The First Medical Setback For Isaiah
As if this tragic news isn’t tough enough, Isaiah already overcame his first medical setback when he was just 16-years-old. He suffered a retinal detachment that left him blind in his right eye.
“I was blessed enough to play it on one of the highest levels despite the odds that were stacked against me,” Isaiah said referring to his blindness on his Instagram page.
Keep up the positivity, Isaiah — our thoughts are with you, and you’re a brave role model!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is positivity the best way for Isaiah to thrive after this medical setback? Send your well wishes to Isaiah below.
– Noelle Trainor