Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says his son, Luke, was born with a rare congenital heart condition, and said he would not have let him play if he had known he would suffer a setback.
“I told him I’d give him my whole heart, my whole mind, if he could play.
I’d do anything to get him to play,” Kerr told the San Jose Mercury News.
“He’s my son.
I wouldn’t let him go without getting him to go.”
Luke has a rare genetic condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the body’s heart to grow larger than normal.
He was born without a heart valve, which is usually the first sign of a heart defect.
It was discovered last year, but he never developed the condition and played through it.
Kerr said he was hopeful Luke would have the heart valve in time for the 2020 Olympics.
“That was the biggest thing to get me to do was to try to get the valve back and to do everything I could to make sure it did happen,” Kerr said.
“And it did.
It took about six weeks for him to get a valve.
I’m very proud of the kid and his perseverance.
It’s a miracle that he was born at all.”
Kerr said he and his wife, Kara, had already been planning the birth.
“I don’t want Luke to miss the games,” Kerr explained.
“We’re hoping that the valve will be there for him when he’s ready.
We’ve been through a lot.”
Luke, who was born in September, will now undergo the first surgery of his life.
“Every day is a blessing.
Every day is kind of a miracle,” he said.