Archive - Aug 8, 2012

Archive - Aug 8, 2012


Former Virginia Tech Player Allan Chaney to Resume College Basketball

Allan ChaneyAfter being relegated to the sidelines for more than two years, former Virginia Tech forward Allan Chaney is finally getting another chance to play college basketball. High Point confirmed Wednesday that Chaney has been cleared by school doctors and will join its men’s basketball team for his final year of eligibility in 2012-13.

Chaney will become the only player in Division I college basketball next year with a defibrillator in his chest. Back in April 2010, he collapsed during a workout in Blacksburg and doctors later diagnosed him with viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that can be fatal.

A College Student’s Story of Survival

Paula Opheim Milliner, Indianapolis, IN – 20 at time of event (2004)

Paula OpheimFor most college students facing their 21st birthday, plans for celebration and exciting thoughts for experiencing new places and people are the common theme. Unfortunately in my case, thoughts of survival and whether I was ever going to maintain a normal lifestyle at 20 were at the forefront of my contemplations. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a disease that is rare to most, but commonly runs in my family. Like most young teenagers I didn’t really think anything of it or that it would actually have a significant effect on my life. Surely, it wouldn’t put me in the hospital until I was in the 60’s.

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