Jamaican Olympian Kemoy Campbell Awake, Talking After Scary Collapse During Race

Chris Chavez
Sports Illustrated
Kemoy Campbell, a Jamaican Olympian and professional distance runner for Reebok, is awake and in stable condition in the ICU at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Hospital, his family announced in a statement on Tuesday morning.

Jamaican Olympian Kemoy Campbell Awake, Talking After Scary Collapse During Race

Kemoy Campbell, a Jamaican Olympian and professional distance runner for Reebok, is awake and in stable condition in the ICU at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Hospital, his family announced in a statement on Tuesday morning.

Kemoy Campbell, a Jamaican Olympian and professional distance runner for Reebok, is awake and in stable condition in the ICU at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Hospital, his family announced in a statement on Tuesday morning.

Campbell collapsed shortly after stepping off the track whie pacing during the men's 3,000 meters at the Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday afternoon.

Campbell was reportedly unconscious for a few minutes before emergency responders arrived and used a defibrillator to revive him.

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After about 20 minutes, New York City Police and Fire Department officials arrived on the scene to provide medical attention. Campbell was taken off the track on a stretcher and taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he was sedated and underwent testing.

On Tuesday morning his family issued the following statement:

"As of this morning, Kemoy is in stable condition in the ICU at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Hospital. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Kemoy is awake and talking. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Kemoy will continue to be monitored and recover at the hospital for the foreseeable time. In order for Kemoy to continue receiving the best care and to offset mounting medical costs, we are asking for donations to help support him and his family during this challenging time. Any donation made to help Kemoy on his road to recovery is greatly appreciated. Kemoy and his family are very grateful for the overwhelming support and outreach. The Campbell family would also like to express their gratitude for the team of doctors at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Hospital and the quick response of The Armory's on-site medical professionals and doctors who assisted Kemoy and for the outpouring of support from the track and field community."

News that Campbell was “doing better” and “smiling” was first reported by LetsRun.com on Monday night.

Campbell competed in the 5,000 meters at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. He finished 10th in the 5,000 meters at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

This post will be updated with any further information on Campbell’s status.

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