Shaq, Shareef, Shaunie O'Neal

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Shaunie O’Neal Posts About Son Shareef’s Heart Surgery

Shaq and shaunie O’Neal’s son Shareef had a promising collegiate basketball career lined up for himself at UCLA…however a health emergency put things on pause.

The O’Neals announced last September that Shareef’s doctors discovered a major heart issue that would require surgery, causing him to have to sit out his Freshman year with the team.

Today happened to be the big day for Shareef’s surgery. Though she’s optimistic about the outcome of her son’s operation, Shaunie was honest about her difficulty as a mother watching her baby go through something she couldn’t shield him from. As she shared with her Instagram followers:

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This morning was by far my toughest moment being a Mom. If only I could take his place today. Could I at least go with him in that operating room and hold his hand. Separating from him as he was wheeled off to surgery was heartbreaking. THATS MY BABY! I don’t care how old, how big, how grown my kids get I still want to protect them. I had no control over any of this. But there is a God, I trust and believe He is in there with my baby right now and has complete control.
#prayforreef ??❤ @shareefoneal #mybaby

That has to be a tough moment as a mom. Prayers up for Shareef! Hopefully, he’ll have a speedy recovery and be back at 100% and able to live out his dreams on the court sooner rather than later.

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