Former Lone Peak standout and BYU basketball recruit Nick Emery has left his LDS mission in Germany because of a medical condition.
His brother, former BYU standout Jackson Emery, posted on his Twitter account that Nick would be coming home Wednesday evening. Nick Emery’s Facebook page addressed the issue:
“Elder Emery has recently been dealing with worsening conditions of thoracic outlet syndrome. He has undergone testing and examinations and several doctors and specialists have been consulted about his condition. His mission president, President Stoddard (a medical doctor) and area church medical doctors concluded that he needs to have treatment sooner than later to correct these issues or they will continue to worsen. Elder Emery has been given a medical release and will be returning home on Wednesday, August 6 for treatment which may possibly include surgery. He should make a full recovery and we ask that you remember him in your prayers.”
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition whereby symptoms are produced from compression of nerves or blood vessels, or both, because of an inadequate passageway through an area (thoracic outlet) between the base of the neck and the armpit. According to MedicineNet.com, treatment can also include physical therapy.
Emery is one of the most decorated prep basketball players in Utah history and led Lone Peak to the MaxPreps national championship in 2013. He left for the missionary training center in May of 2013.