Malone Alum Chai Baker Collaspses During Practice

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OREGON-- UPDATE: Thursday, August 20, 4:10 p.m.:

Malone alum and current Oregon State freshman basketball player Chai Baker blacked out during a workout at a team practice facility Tuesday.

Wednesday he remains in ICU at Good Samaratin Regional Medical Center in Corvallis in critical, but stable condition.

NewsChannel 7's Sports Director Scott Rossman spoke with Steve Clark, Vice President of University Relations at OSU.

Clark described what happened this way: after Chai blacked out, a certified Oregon State athletics trainer began CPR and then used a defibrillator on Baker.

Within minutes, EMT's arrived and continued CPR and emergency response care before taking Chai to the hospital.

He's remained in intensive care ever since.

Chai's high school coach Steve Welch told us earlier in the day a blood clot may have been the cause, but the doctor in charge of all OSU sports medicine, Doctor Doug Aukerman, says that's not the case, nor is talk on social media of a bad heart valve an issue.

Mr. Clark tells us every incoming student athlete at Oregon State goes through a series of health screenings, including an EKG. Meanwhile, all OSU basketball players are also required to complete an echocardiogram. Chai was declared "fit to play" following those screenings.

Mr. Clark told us everyone at Oregon State is very concerned for Chai saying, "We are extraordinarily mindful of his health! Our thoughts and prayers are with Chai and his family. And we are watching his progress through Dr. Aukerman."

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Some disturbing news out of the Pacific Northwest concerning Malone alum and now Oregon State freshman Chai Baker.

NewsChannel 7 Sports heard through a family friend Baker's in a hospital in the Corvallis area after collapsing at practice Tuesday afternoon. That person tells NewsChannel 7 Sports when brought to the emergency room Baker was unresponsive and had to be put on a ventilator, but has since come off that ventilator.

So far, all Oregon State's Sports Information Office will tells us, "Today [Tuesday] there was an incident where an OSU student athlete had to be transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with a heart condition. He is still there, and is alive." unquote.

When we checked late Tuesday night, Good Samaritan Hospital told us, Baker was not a patient there.

Chai, a star player the last few years at Malone, and was a key player in this year's run at the 1A State Championship.

We hear Baker's family is making plans to travel to Oregon as soon as possible. We'll update you on this as we get more information Wednesday.


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