Tarver Discharged from Hospital, Playing Career Over

Posted: May 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason junior men’s basketball player Darren Tarver has been discharged from Inova Fairfax Hospital, but his playing career has come to an end.

On Thursday, May 9, Tarver, 21, experienced a cardiac arrest due to a heart arrythmia while taking a break during a pick-up basketball game at the John Linn Memorial Gymnasium at approximately 2:45 p.m. Upon Tarver’s collapse, a professor in the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources Department started CPR immediately, and EMS personnel from the City of Fairfax, who responded within three minutes of the emergency call, continued Tarver’s resuscitation. Tarver’s condition was stabilized and he was transported to the hospital, where he was evaluated in the emergency room before being admitted.

According to Dr. Frank Pettrone, head team physician for George Mason athletics, after evaluation of a battery of cardiac tests last week, Tarver’s heart problem necessitated an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) be implanted near his left shoulder to monitor his heart. As a result of the cardiac problem and the implant of the ICD (similar to a pacemaker), he can no longer compete in high-level intercollegiate athletics.

“I am saddened that my playing career has come to an end,” said Tarver. “But I am happy to be alive, and I’m looking forward to beginning the next phase of my life, which I hope will include coaching basketball.”

Although unable to play, Tarver wishes to remain a part of the Patriot program while he continues progress toward his undergraduate degree in sociology.

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