Isaiah Austin played basketball for Baylor and was expected to be selected for the NBA draft. Last week, he discovered that he has the genetic disorder, Marfan Syndrome. The Marfan Foundation explains that, “Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly.” Because of the risk Marfan Syndrome can cause to the heart, Isaiah was ineligible for the NBA.
Throughout all of this, Isaiah has remained positive and has a great outlook on life. Check out the NBA’s touching tribute to Isaiah below. I’ve also included Isaiah’s original interview with ESPN after finding out he has the disorder here. Also, the ABC docu-series NY Med just started again last night. It is an awesome show and last night’s episode featured a man with Marfan Syndrome.