Unknown bone condition keeps southern Alberta teen off the basketball court

Unknown bone condition keeps southern Alberta teen off the basketball court
A southern Alberta teen isn t letting an undiagnosed medical issue keep him away from the sport he loves. The Grade 9 Coaldale student isn t able to play basketball, but he isn t letting that keep him away from the court. Kyle Benning reports.


The basketball season tipped off for the R.I. Baker Middle School Bears on Thursday, and one of the coaches has been looking forward to it for months.

Ty Slobodan graduated from the school last year, but due to an unknown medical condition he hasn’t been able to step back on the court.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I think I’ve got a good team supporting me and hopefully they can figure out what’s going on.”

The Grade 9 student has had to put his hoop dreams on pause due to a bone condition that doctors say is stunting his growth.

Despite numerous tests and four surgeries, including one on his brain, medical experts are still trying to figure out what’s causing Ty’s symptoms.

His mother Chelsea said it started two years ago when he was collapsing on the court.

She said Ty has to do about 30 minutes of land physiotherapy per day, as well as physio in the pool three times per week.

After all of the medical procedures and multiple trips to see experts in Ottawa, his mother noted his strong spirit.

“My proudest moment of him is when he can’t walk, but he’s being pushed into a court so he can coach those kids and be a mentor and be with the coaches,” Chelsea said.

Last year, the school created the Heart of the Bear award, recognizing someone who has gone the extra mile for the school’s athletic program.
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