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Doctors Say OSU Player Making Progress

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University (OSU) basketball player is still in intensive care Wednesday night, two days after he collapsed on the court. Doctors say Chai Baker is still in critical, but stable condition and he is making progress.

No specific details on Baker’s progress were released, but doctors say they are encouraged by what they see.

An OSU spokesman says Baker was working out with teammates Tuesday morning at the practice facility, when he suffered a cardiac related medical incident. A trainer performed CPR and an automated external defibrillator while waiting for medics.

Little is still known about what caused Baker to collapse. OSU staff say students go through medical checks and Baker had been cleared to play. But for now, they say their main concern is his overall health and well-being.

OSU Vice-President of Relations and Marketing Steve Clark says, “Our hope would be that Chai recovers completely. We want him to be a successful person in life. First, as a student at Oregon State and secondly, as an athlete, but the next 24 hours will determine that prognosis.

That’s how long doctors say it will take to get all his diagnostic work done. Those tests should give them a clearer picture of exactly what happened and what his outlook with the team will be.

Baker has relatives who live in Corvallis, but he is from Malone, Florida. OSU staff say students from the schools he went to there made him get-well cards and that those will be shipped in the next couple of days.

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