Pacemaker Kemoy Campbell to receive heart pacemaker

It is still not known what caused the Jamaican runner's heart to stop midway through the 3K at the Millrose Games two weeks ago

February 24th, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , ,

In a twist that seems like the running gods having a laugh at his expense, Kemoy Campbell, the pacer whose heart stopped halfway through the 3,000m at the Millrose Games two weeks ago, will have surgery to instal an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD–the scientific term for a pacemaker) in case it happens again.

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The meet was briefly halted as Campbell, who is 28, was attended to by medical personnel track-side and then transported to New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Campbell is a five-time Jamaican national champion who competed for the University of Arkansas and holds multiple Jamaican records on the track. He also represented Jamaica at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

Campbell has been told he will have to take some time off running while he recovers, though he hopes to return to the track in a few months. He has no memory of collapsing.

Campbell’s Instagram posts tell the story of what he has been through over the last couple of weeks. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $58,000 for his medical expenses, which could end up as high as $200,000. 

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I really didn’t know how to start this caption and while I started writing, tears flowed from my eyes. I realize that I’m either very luck, or someone was watching out for me Saturday. I cry because I know what the people who truly care about me went through and when I heard my dad’s voice on the phone I couldn’t stop crying. I heard the shock, saddness, pain, and relief all at once. For those who don’t know me, I push myself hard in practice and give nothing but my best in whatever I’m doing. As athletes we train to push our bodies beyond its normal limits. Until my heart stopped at Millrose Games on Saturday, I don’t remember any of it and I know there are videos around, but I don’t need to see them.. It’s been tough not physically, but mentally, it has been a battle. Anyway, for those who care, I am recovering. I walked yesterday for the time and I was a little dizzy, but pushed through with the help of the PTs. Most of all though, I want to thank everyone who donated to help me get back track. I love you all.

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