Shaunie O’Neal Finally Gives Fans Update About Son’s Health After Heart Issue Forced Him to Sit Out Freshman Season at UCLA
Shaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, after tons of questions from followers, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.
The star and executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” proudly shared the news on her Instagram page Tuesday, March 26, saying that Shareef O’Neal is back to being able to play “with no limitations.”
“CLEARED with NO LIMITATIONS!” O’Neal wrote in a caption. “We are so thankful and appreciative for all of your support, prayers and love through this long process. There has been a tremendous weight lifted off of me today, and I can’t stop Thanking God! I will never stop paying attention to my children’s health and will always advocate for student athletes to get The Best screenings! I know @shareefoneal ‘s Come Back will Be one to remember!!! Love & Light ”
She accompanied the memo with a slow-motion video of the UCLA freshman running on a treadmill with a breathing tube and various monitors attached to track his progress in a stress test. It was soundtracked to Kanye West’s “Say You Will.”
“I always get back up,” read a quote at the end of the 36-second video.
Much like before, fans left their prayers and well-wishes in the comments section.
“@shaunieoneal5 glory yes I pray GOD continue to cover, protect, and Bless our babies from all evil diseases, things, and people! Glory to GOD the most high! Hallelujah.”
“Well done Shareef. Get back at it & terrorize the college & NBA circuit like your father did.”
“Good luck looking good keep up the good work.”
“Oh myyyyy, yes won’t he do it!!!! So happy for you guys!!”
In one of several posts announcing his return to form, Shareef said on Instagram of basketball Wednesday “I know she missed me … I won’t leave you like that again.”
The 18-year-old son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had surgery on Dec. 13, 2018 to repair an electrical issue in his heart. The four-star recruit in UCLA’s 2018 signing class was forced to miss an entire season after his condition was discovered. The 6-foot-10 forward is expected to play for the school next season.