Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie O’Neal‘s 18-year-old son, Shareef O’Neal, revealed he will have to undergo heart surgery after doctors discovered a serious heart issue during a routine check-up.
Shareef, who committed to UCLA earlier this year, said he will not be able to participate in sports this year, but he feels blessed to be alive because he could have taken his “last breath” on the court.
Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue … I am very blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last breath.. I will not be able to participate in sports this year but I will be back in no time …
I want to thank god for looking out for me , I want to thank UCLA , my teammates and most importantly my family … this is just a small bump on the road and I gotta push through it .. I am very down about not being able to do sport I love ..
I really wanted this year I felt like I was at my best but this is just a minor setback.. my health is most important over everything .. like I said .. I WILL BE BACK.. thank you ❤️❤️❤️
Shareef also spoke with TMZ. Watch the clip below.
Please join me in sending up prayers for Shareef.