Bronny James is seen for the first time since shock cardiac arrest as he heads out to dinner with LeBron and family in Santa Monica just FOUR days after being rushed to ICU
Bronny James has gone out for dinner with his family at a celebrity hotspot in Los Angeles, just four days after having a cardiac arrest during basketball practice.
He was joined by his famous father LeBron, his mom Savannah, brother Bryce and younger sister Zuri. He was seen leaving the famous Italian restaurant – Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica – with LeBron and Bryce standing close by on Friday night
Bronny, 18, was taken ill on Monday morning during practice at USC and was treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, before being discharged later this week.
And the family headed out for dinner to mark the end of a draining few days that threatened to turn their world upside down.
They had earlier been pictured arriving at the restaurant but only with LeBron, Savannah and Zuri walking through the front door. It wasn’t immediately clear that Bronny or even younger brother Bryce, 16, was there.
Bronny James has gone out for dinner with his family in Los Angeles on Friday night after having a cardiac arrest in basketball practice on Monday
Bronny, 18, was seen leaving the restaurant with his younger brother Bryce standing close by
It marks an incredible turnaround for Bronny who was taken ill only four days ago
Bronny, 18, was taken ill on Monday morning during basketball practice for USC
He followed father LeBron, 38, and younger brother Byrce, 16, out the restaurant on Friday
As he walked out, Bronny seemed to take the attention around him in his stride and continued texting away on his phone.
Earlier on Friday, LeBron posted pictures on Instagram of him playing basketball with his other son, Bryce. The Lakers star wrote in a poignant caption: ‘It is my job to always remain strong and to show them the blueprint regardless of the outcome.’
He also referred to Bryce in the hashtags as ‘BryceMaximus’ and ‘MyTwin’.
Bronny, meanwhile, has not spoken since being taken ill but there appears to be reason for cautious optimism over his recovery.
Upon announcing that Bronny had been discharged, Cedars-Sinai said Thursday in statement: ‘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 took the attention in his stride on Friday and was texting as he left the restaurant
LeBron and Bryce left the restaurant shoulder-to-shoulder with Bronny just behind them
LeBron said earlier on Friday on social media that it was his job ‘to always remain strong’
In the 911 call on Monday morning, obtained by DailyMail.Com, someone can be heard saying: ‘We need an ambulance immediately. Listen, we need an ambulance here, now!’
The person speaking to the operator is asked to stand near the teenager while the operator guides them through letting them know paramedics are on the way.
No details of James’ condition at the time are revealed in the call, though it is made clear that there is no doctor, nurse or medical professional at the scene of the cardiac episode that could help perform CPR
LeBron, meanwhile, tweeted out a statement on Thursday thanking fans for the messages of support his family have been sent.
‘I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers,’ he wrote on Twitter.
”We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love.
‘Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your support has meant to all of us! #JamesGang.’
He was seen visiting Bronny in hospital on Tuesday wearing a mask.
LeBron and wife Savannah were pictured arriving at the restaurant without Bronny
LeBron was seen arriving to visit son Bronny, 18, in hospital in Los Angeles Tuesday in a mask
Bronny is an a highly rated basketballer in his own right – it is too early to tell what his health means for his prospective career
Bronny has responded well to treatment after being rushed to hospital on Monday morning
Both Bronny and Bryce are highly rated young basketball players in their own right and LeBron has been an active supporter of his two sons’ basketball dreams – even using his off days during the Los Angeles Lakers’ season to fly several hours to attend their games.
Bronny’s 16-year-old brother, Bryce, posted a photo of the two on his Instagram story, along with a heart. Bryce James is also a top basketball prospect who already has received Division I scholarship offers.
LeBron James has repeatedly said that he even hopes to play in the NBA with Bronny, who couldn’t join the league until the fall of 2024 at the earliest.
LeBron would be entering his 22nd NBA season at that point – matching Vince Carter for the longest career in league history – with his 40th birthday looming in December 2024.
‘My last year will be played with my son,’ James said. ‘Wherever Bronny is at, that´s where I´ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year.’