Potential First Round NBA Pick Discovers Career-Ending Illness

They always tell us to chase our dreams, the only thing that stops you from your dream is you. But what happens when you have your dream but it’s suddenly taken away from you and there is nothing you can do to change it?

This is what just happened to Baylor University basketball player Isaiah Austin who was going to the 2014 NBA Draft to pursue his NBA dreams. NBA analyst said he was a potential late first round pick.

That dream has turned into a nightmare as Austin underwent a physical and doctors discovered Austin has Marfan syndrome. MArfan syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by misfolding of the protein fibrillin. About 1 in 5,000 people have this syndrome according to marfan.org and it can be a life-threatening disorder if not treated.

“Some features of Marfan syndrome, like those affecting the heart and blood vessels, bones or joints, can get worse over time. This makes it very important for people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders to receive accurate, early diagnosis and treatment. Without it, they can be at risk for potentially life-threatening complications. The earlier some treatments are started, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Knowing the signs of Marfan syndrome can save lives.” (marfan.org)

Tough news for the young man.

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