Seven months after he collapsed and almost died on the track at the 2019 Millrose Games in New York, Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell has announced his retirement from track and field after being advised presumably by his doctors that he would risk his life by resuming his career as a long-distance runner.

Jamaican Olympian Kemoy Campbell is back home for some well-needed rest and recovery after the harrowing experience he endured in February when his heart stopped while competing at the Millrose Games in New York.

Jamaica distance runner Kemoy Campbell seems to have set his sights on a return to the track, just over two weeks after collapsing during a race at the Millrose Games in New York.

The 28-year-old athlete will, however, plans to compete with the help of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), a device that will restart his heart should it stop suddenly again.  Campbell collapsed during the men's 3000 metres race in early February and had to be revived with the use of CPR and a defibrillator after trackside medical staff treated him for minutes.

The athlete confirmed, via his Instagram account on Saturday, that subsequent tests had failed to discover a reason for the illness, but seemed to suggest he had every intention to return to the track.

“After multiple vials of blood, ECHOs, EKGs, ultrasounds, MRI, CAT scan, PET scan, and heart biopsy.  The weeks of testing resulted in no diagnosis for the cause of my heart stopping.

‘On Monday I will be putting an ICD in my body (left side of my ribs).  This device will shock my heart back into rhythm if this is to happen again.  I was told that I would have to take a few months off from running.  After those months I could start getting back at it slowly with permission from the cardiologist.”

Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell has revealed that his heart had stopped on Saturday when he collapsed at the NYRR Millrose Games.

Kemoy Campbell is awake and talking.

Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell remains hospitalised after collapsing while competing at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

Campbell's family issued a statement on Monday, via his agent Ray Flynn. In the statement, the family revealed that "Kemoy's condition has not changed much.

"He is still sedated so that his body can rest," the family said, adding "the doctors are some of the best in the world and are keeping us constantly updated."

The family also thanked well wishers for their words of comfort.

Running in the Dr Sander Men’s 3000 metres, Campbell had gone out hard and was in second place when he began the sixth lap, but collapsed, with reports coming in that he suffered respiratory problems during the race.

Campbell was treated by medical personnel at trackside before being taken to hospital where his condition is unknown.

The race was eventually won by the United States and Standford University’s Grant Fisher in 7:42.62 seconds.

Australia’s Morgan McDonald was second in 7:42.76 while Kenya’s Amon Kemboi was third in 7:44.77 seconds.

Jamaican distance runner, Kemoy Campbell, had to be taken to hospital after the athlete collapsed at the Millrose games in New York on Saturday. 

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