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Isaiah Austin
Isaiah Austin
Position: None
Born: 10/25/93
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Isaiah Austin: It was hard to hear at first that I should be thankful for something that was taking my dream away. But he explained that this discovery had actually saved my life. If they hadn’t identified the problem through the blood work and with the aortic enlargement in my heart, I could’ve easily died playing basketball. This diagnosis was saving my life. We had a lot of conversations that night about well-known heart-related tragedies that had taken place on the basketball court. We talked about how blessed I had been to compete at an elite level and not have something terrible go wrong with my heart, especially a heart that was affected by this strange disease.
Isaiah Austin: Dad got me into the guest bathroom and closed the door as Mom stood outside praying. There was a lot of praying that night. When the door closed, Dad grabbed me and hugged me. That was the moment when the shock began to go away a little bit. I didn’t have any words. All that was left were tears. My dream had died out there. It died in the form of some blood test in Chicago. It was gone with a report on a piece of paper and a phone call. I don’t remember saying much in those moments alone with my dad. He prayed and we cried together. I began to think about all of the things God had done in my life in moments when I felt like I couldn’t go on. I thought about Mom praying over me late into the night after each of those eye surgeries. I thought about the hope that grew with each surgery and the discouragement I felt every time we received the news that I would need another one.
Isaiah Austin: I had always been able to overcome. I had always been equipped to outwork the challenges that had come my way. Now, I couldn’t even get to my feet on my own. But Ben was there, like he had always been. I thought of Fresno; I thought of God bringing him into my life. I thought of my mom with her prayers and wisdom. I still couldn’t look up, but I could hear her softly crying in the background. I could feel the people in the room moving toward me. I still wanted to escape. I wanted to run out of the house and begin the whole night again. I wanted to hit the reset button on my Xbox and start the game over. This moment in my life should’ve been a celebration. Instead it felt like a funeral. In a lot of ways, it was a funeral. My dream was there on the floor, fighting for its last breath. In a matter of minutes, my life had changed for the worse. I felt Dad grabbing me by my shoulders and lifting me up. The room was still spinning.
Two cases that stand out to Austin are those of young boys in Texas—Owen Gray, a 13-year-old from Houston, and an 11-year-old named Carson in Waco. But, as Karen Murray, chairwoman of the Marfan Foundation, whose son, Michael, has grown up with Marfan syndrome, points out, Austin’s impact has already stretched beyond the realm of those with whom he has interacted directly. “He has connected with a lot of people personally, through conferences,” Murray said, “but at the end of the day, there are so many people with Marfan syndrome that he has given a lot of hope to, because he is a role model for them. They look at him as an individual who is moving through his diagnosis and doing all the right things—he is a role model for so many kids whose names he does not even know. They’re affected and they’re motivated and inspired by him. My son has Marfan, and he talks about him all the time. He is affecting people whose names he does not know.”