updated 9:08 PM CDT, Jul 7, 2017
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Normal U-High Sophomore Kai Bates-Diop Recovering From Cardiac Event

Normal U-High standout sophomore Kai Bates-Diop collapsed during practice on Thursday from a “cardiac event”, and is recovering in a Peoria hospital.

The athletic training staff at U-High provided Bates-Diop with immediate attention following the event.

“We appreciate all the well wishes and prayers from friends and family — and so many others. Kai is a remarkable young man and he feels blessed to have the support and love of so many to carry on with his wonderful life,” said Bates-Diop’s parents Richard and Wilma in a statement.

Bates-Diop is the younger brother of Keita Bates-Diop, who is a standout at Ohio State.