Shaq’s Son Shareef Doing Well After Heart Surgery, Will Sit Out the Rest of Season at UCLA

© Provided by Oath Inc. UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal is in good spirits after undergoing heart surgery on Thursday. (AP)

Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, appears to be doing well after undergoing heart surgery Thursday.

The 18-year-old UCLA freshman underwent the procedure to fix an irregularity with his heart. During a summer practice, O’Neal said he “felt funny,” after which doctors discovered the condition. O’Neal will miss the entire 2018-19 season with a medical redshirt and plans to return to basketball next year.

After undergoing the surgery early Thursday, Shareef’s sister Mimi posted a picture to his Twitter account showing all was well:

O’Neal’s surgery is expect to fully correct the electrical issue with his heart, although it’s obviously a scary procedure. His mother, Shaunie, was also with him at the surgery and posted a supportive message to Instagram:


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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports, by Ben Weinrib