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Florida Basketball Star Keyontae Johnson Releases Grateful Video After Collapse and Coma

by Jennifer Shea
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Florida Gators star Keyontae Johnson has tweeted a video of thanks after he survived a sudden collapse during a basketball game Dec. 12 at Florida State.

Keyontae Johnson Recovers

Doctors then placed Johnson in a medically induced coma. They brought him back out of it this Monday, according to Bleacher Report. By Tuesday, he was in stable condition.

As the week progressed, Johnson began showing “encouraging signs,” University of Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said on Thursday. He was moving, talking and even FaceTiming with his teammates.

On Friday, Johnson felt well enough to tweet a brief video.

While Johnson was out, the Gators chose to postpone three games rather than play without him. He is the team’s leading scorer, with an average of 16 points per game over four games, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. 

He Had COVID-19 This Summer

Johnson contracted COVID-19 over the summer. According to the Associated Press, coronavirus can in some cases cause myocarditis, which is a viral infection of the heart muscle. And that has the potential to cause health issues or even sudden death in young and otherwise healthy athletes.

Johnson’s teammates had watched as Johnson, who was standing around midcourt at the time, suddenly fell flat on his face. He went first to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital before a helicopter flew him to UF Health in Gainesville.

The Gators have to be glad to see Johnson up and about again. But Stricklin said it has been an “emotionally taxing” experience for all of them. They can only hope Johnson’s current trajectory continues and he is able to return to the court with his doctors’ blessing at some point.