Baylor Bears sophomore guard King McClure’s basketball career is in jeopardy following a diagnosis of hydrotrophic cardiomyopathay, a condition that enlarges the muscles of the heart. Speaking to Jason King of Bleacher Report, Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Michael Ackerman detailed McClure’s condition.
Ackerman told the McClures that HCM can affect patients in seven different ways, but that only one of the seven factors (a slightly enlarged heart wall) was prevalent in King.
“Given King’s flavor of HCM, his chance of experiencing an HCM episode that could be life-threatening is about one-to-two percent per year,” Ackerman said.
Ackerman added that “preventative measures” been put in place that have a 95 percent likelihood of countering or aborting the problem “should that one percent become a reality.”
Though the odds against McClure, a former four-star recruit out of Dallas’s Triple A Academy, are low, he is now at a career crossroads. He can either give up his lifelong dream, or continue to play and risk his life each time he steps on the court. He did not appear in a single game last season and was expected to compete for a starting job in 2015-16.
Regardless of what McClure decides to do, he’s going to make the decision he feels is best for himself and his family. Campus Sports will update McClure’s story as more information becomes available.
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