Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Few Tears Shed for Sean; He's Back "Hopefully Bigger and Better"

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Few Tears Shed for Sean; He's Back "Hopefully Bigger and Better"

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Byline: Troy Kippen troy.kippen@dailymercury.com.au

THERE could be a few tears from Katie Baker when her son takes to the court tonight for a club game of basketball.

It will be Sean Baker's first game since he went into cardiac arrest while warming up for a basketball game almost a year ago.

This is a game the 15-year-old's family thought would never come after they spent a year fighting to get their son back playing the sport he loves so much.

Mrs Baker will be in the crowd watching her son.

"It's been a rollercoaster ride. To go through what he had been through and then to get told that 'no you can't play'," she said yesterday.

"We have spent hours of every day researching and fighting to get him to play.

"He had all the rehab team saying 'we need to get you back on the court'.

"It was his (Sean's) only goal."

Initially, cardiologists recommended that Sean not play contact sports because he had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implanted after his cardiac arrest.

As a result, he was unable to register with Basketball Queensland until he turned 18 in order to sign a waiver. His family wasn't able to sign it on his behalf.

And at 15, the delay would have ended the promising athlete's dream of playing professional basketball. Just before his medical emergency 12 months ago, Sean had played in a Queensland representative team and was a rising star at Mackay Basketball.

"He wasn't allowed to play based solely on advice (not science)," Mrs Baker said.

The turning point came about a month ago when a study from a group of American cardiologists changed the recommendation for athletes with ICDs.

And so the fight is over; Mackay Basketball has confirmed they've received an email from Basketball Queensland stating that Sean be allowed to take the court again in club fixtures. …

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