Tarver in Stable Condition after Heart-Related Incident

Posted: May 14, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior men’s basketball player Darren Tarver suffered a heart-related incident Thursday afternoon and is currently in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Tarver collapsed while taking a break during a pick-up basketball game at George Mason’s John Linn Memorial Gymnasium. CPR was started immediately and was continued by EMS personnel from the City of Fairfax upon their arrival, stabilizing Tarver’s condition. He was transported to the hospital, where he was evaluated in the emergency room before being admitted.

“Darren had a sudden cardiac arrest while taking a break in the pick-up game,” said Dr. Frank Pettrone, head team physician for George Mason athletics. “Fortunately, EMS rescue personnel responded in less than three minutes and he was stabilized.”

Tarver averaged 18 points per game while seeing action in just three games for George Mason last season. He suffered a stress fracture of his left foot, undergoing surgery on Nov. 21. Tarver was named the national junior college Player of the Year two years ago while helping to lead Wabash Valley Community College to a 36-1 record and the NJCAA Division I national championship.

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