March 21, 2019 / 1:58 PM / in a month

Athletics: Jamaica's Campbell told he had 'died' after collapse in New York

FILE PHOTO: Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Kemoy Campbell (JAM) is taken off the track on a stretcher after collapsing in the 3,000m during the 112th Millrose Games at The Armory. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

(Reuters) - Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell, who collapsed during the men’s 3,000m at last month’s Millrose Games, was told by doctors he had “died” on the track, the 28-year-old said.

Campbell, who collapsed while acting as a pacesetter, was given medical treatment on site and later taken by a stretcher for further treatment. He spent 17 days in a hospital.

“I have no recollection of it. The doctors said my heart stopped and I basically died. It was a scary moment for me,” Campbell, who underwent surgery to implant an internal defibrillator, told the BBC.

“When I woke up it was Monday morning (two days after the race) and I was in hospital. I didn’t know where I was and how I got there. It was scary to know I missed almost a whole two days and couldn’t recall what happened.”

Campbell said that his doctors have not been able to diagnose his condition after weeks of testing but he is determined to return to the track.

“In my mind I should be back on the track. Doctors say I should take some time off then do some tests, then maybe I can start slowly and build back up. If I can’t, it’ll be the end of my career,” Campbell added.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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