Mikhail Torrance Walks Without Assistance, Upgraded to Stable
Torrance was just moved from the Intensive Care Unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and into a private room Sunday when his condition was upgraded to stable.
Torrance, 21, still hasn't spoken, but he has been responding to commands from his doctors and family members, who have been by his side from the start, according to agent Happy Walters.
Torrance also has been able to eat, and he cried when he first saw his girlfriend.
"This is like a miracle,'' Walters said. "He recognizes people. He laughs. He shows emotion. These are all good signs. Things are coming back. Everyone is really encouraged right now.''
The family has declined interview requests. Walters said that Torrance had walked with assistance on Sunday.
Torrance, a four-year starter at Alabama, was expected to play professionally this season in Israel after signing a two-year contract. He was bypassed in the NBA Draft in June after an extensive physical exam raised concerns about a heart condition he has known about -- but considered not dangerous -- for years. He never missed a game at Alabama because of the condition.
A hospital spokesperson Monday would only confirm his condition had been upgraded to stable. "He's undergoing more treatment and therapy,'' the spokesperson said.
Torrance regained consciousness for the first time on Wednesday. He suffered the attack at the start of a workout at IMG Academy in Bradenton on Aug. 20, where he previously had been practicing for several days.
He suddenly collapsed on the court, where paramedics quickly arrived and began performing life-saving CPR after his heart had stopped. He was rushed first to one hospital, then soon transferred to another, where he has been ever since.