Gators Star Undergoing Tests After Being Placed In Coma
University of Florida Gators basketball star Keyontae Johnson remains in critical but stable condition as of Monday afternoon (Dec. 14). The 21-year-old athlete collapsed during a weekend game against the Florida State Seminoles.
According to a school statement posted on Twitter, Johnson was transferred to a hospital in Gainesville, Florida after initially receiving treatment in Tallahassee. The school reported that he was “following simple commands and undergoing further tests.”
Larry DeJarnett, Johnson’s grandfather, told USA TODAY Sports that his grandson was in a medically induced coma and said that the doctors hoped to bring him out of the coma later in the day. “He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma,” DeJarnett said. “They put him on medication to keep him sedated.”
Johnson collapsed during a game on Saturday (Dec. 12), just after he completed an alley-oop on a pass from teammate Tyree Appleby, ESPN reports. Johnson celebrated with the team, and walked to the sideline. As soon as the huddle broke, the junior forward collapsed on the court.
Johnson and most of his teammates tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer, according to The Associated Press. While the cause of the collapse is unknown, a study released in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reveals that the coronavirus can lead to myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle.
Florida, with a 3-1 record, was up 11-3 prior to the incident. But the Florida State Seminoles, who are undefeated this season, went on to win with a victory of 83-71.
Johnson has averaged 19.7 points per game this season, and is a leading candidate for SEC Player of the Year and is also considered to be an NBA prospect, according to ESPN.
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