Grand Canyon player in stable condition, to undergo heart surgery

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A Grand Canyon freshman outside attacker is in stable condition following a medical emergency.

The university announced Thursday that Camden Gianni during a team practice on Dec. 28 required immediate medical attention and was taken to a local hospital where he was diagnosis with a heart condition.

“The university’s on-site sports medicine staff was able to administer immediate and life-saving support before emergency personnel arrived on scene,” the school said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Camden and his family as he undergoes further treatment and recovery.”

News about Gianni’s medical conditional first surfaced online Thursday via an Instagram post from his former club team WAVE Volleyball.

The post stated that Gianni went into cardiac arrest during the practice and will undergo open-heart surgery.

WAVE Volleyball in the post also praised Gianni for his character.

“If we know anything, it’s that this kid has insane character and determination and that there is very little that can hold him back,” WAVE Volleyball stated on Instagram.

Gianni, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Carlsbad, California, was an AVCA First-Team Boys’ Volleyball High School Senior All-American selection in 2018. He also was named the CIF Player of the Year with his high school team.