Malone's Baker recovering from collapse during Oregon State practice


Malone won its 14th boys basketball title, a figure that ranks second in the state in all classifications.

Taka Hamadda photo | The (Lakeland) Ledger
Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 03:51 PM.

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Former Malone standout Chai Baker remained hospitalized Thursday in an Oregon hospital after collapsing during a practice session with the Oregon State University men’s basketball team on Tuesday.

According to a story in the Jackson County Floridan, Baker, who is a freshman on the Oregon State team, collapsed during a team practice.

Various other media reports said that Baker lost consciousness for two to three minutes before being revived with a defibrillator and was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Baker led Malone to the 2014 boys basketball state 1A championship.

After being under heavy sedation Tuesday and Wednesday, the Floridan said that Baker was taken off sedatives Thursday and had a ventilator removed, enabling him to sit up and speak for the first time since being hospitalized.

Doctors have speculated that Baker will make a complete recovery and resume his college basketball career, although cardiologists have scheduled further tests to determine whether or not Baker has a recurring condition.

Thus far, doctors have said that Baker’s collapse was not caused by a blood clot, arterial blockage or any known heart condition, the Floridan reported. The prevailing theory is that dehydration caused an electrolyte imbalance leading to arrhythmia.

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