“Prayers for Him”: Years After Heart Failure Due to Uncommon Condition, 23-Year-Old Lacrosse Star Leaves Sports World Hopeful Following Big Revelation

Published 05/30/2023, 1:44 PM EDT

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Ryan Scoble, who played lacrosse for Mercyhurst University, would often do drills out on the field with the rest of his team. Scoble’s life was going well in 2021 until one day, as he was playing lacrosse, he all of a sudden felt exhausted. The distressed player went to talk to his coach about his whirling body, but he had no idea that he was about to be dealt a significant blow to his life in the shape of a heart condition. The massive blow left the then 21-year-old reeling from the revelation.

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Recently, Ryan Scoble’s story became popular after being posted on social media. Scoble, even in the midst of a horrible period in his life, hoped to continue playing lacrosse and eventually make it as a professional player.

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Two years ago, Scoble first sensed something was off with his body during a game of lacrosse. He collapsed on the field from exhaustion and later had trouble playing effectively and even staying upright. After Scoble discussed this with his coach, Chris Ryan, his optimistic outlook suddenly changed. The lacrosse player was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle grows enlarged and weak. Because of this condition, his heart was having trouble delivering sufficient blood to the rest of the body. According to Today, Scoble felt devastated, saying, “I’m in the middle of a lacrosse season, and now I’m being told I have heart failure.”

But just as things were looking rough for the young lacrosse player, doctors came up with a solution: a heart transplant. While waiting for the transplant, Scoble’s illness worsened to the point that he went from 202 pounds to 142. However, when his heart stopped for 11 seconds, medics were able to bring him back to life. Scoble’s body was weak after the transplant, but his mind was strong, and he never lost sight of his goal of getting back to the lacrosse field. He shares his story after healing and getting back to the field, saying, “I remember the first time making that contact, and it was just like ‘Wow.'” He also praised his donor, whom he acknowledged as the primary contributor to the fact that he is still alive and able to achieve his objectives.

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Scoble became a viral sensation when the Today Show shared his tale on Facebook. Sports fans in their thousands flocked to the comments section to wish Scoble well.

Sports world united to pray for the wellness of the lacrosse player

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Several people prayed for his healing, as one comment read, “Prayers for him.” One user mulled over how disastrous it must have felt when things were harsh on the young player, saying, “Hope he will heal up quickly, it must be awful for him to suffer like this.”

 

Another Facebook user hoped that Scoble is doing well now, saying, “Sorry to read this. Hope he is a bit better today.” A similar heartfelt comment was shared by another user, saying, “Gods’ healing loving presence be with this young man and return him to good health.”

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For someone whose future was in doubt but who eventually overcame the obstacle in his way and is once again engaging in his daily lacrosse activities, it is quite an accomplishment. Scoble’s friends and family continue to pray for his speedy recovery from his wounds.

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