Valpo center hospitalized
Valparaiso, IN (Sports Network) – Valparaiso starting center Kenny Harris was
hospitalized on Monday after collapsing during a supervised workout in the
auxiliary weight room at the school.
According to the Post-Tribune of Merriville, Harris, a sophomore, was taken to
Porter Hospital in Valparaiso and was listed in critical condition. He
reportedly had been lifting weights at the time of his collapse.
Medical personnel at the university worked on Harris for several minutes after
his heart stopped. CPR was then administered and a defibrillator was used to
restart his heart before he was transferred by ambulance to the hospital.
Harris, who has fought weight problems and health issues since he enrolled at
Valparaiso in 2003, started 11 of 21 games for the Crusaders last season and
averaged 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds-a game.
The 19-year-old Harris, who has also had surgeries on his gall bladder and for
a herniated disc, has lost nearly 100 pounds since weighing in at more than
400 pounds in the summer of 2003.