Former Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell has regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.
Former Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell has emerged from an induced coma after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.
The 50-year-old, who visited Perth just a week ago, was with his children at a playground in London on Saturday when he started feeling unwell and had to lie down, 6PR reported.
6PR Campbell’s announcer and friend Gareth Parker said the cricketer was fitted with a pacemaker to help control certain arrhythmias.
“Doctors don’t believe there’s any damage to the heart, but they haven’t been able to figure out what’s going on yet,” Parker, who met with Campbell last week, said on Tuesday.
It was announced on Wednesday (AEDT) that doctors would attempt to bring Campbell out of his induced coma and hours later it was reported that they had been successful.
Campbell’s brother Mark told Triple M, “They took the heavy sedation off so he actually woke up. Now they’re just trying to figure out what’s wrong with his heart.
“He did some tests last night. They say there doesn’t appear to be any brain damage at this point, his brain was not oxygen deprived. So it looks OK.
“They don’t know why his heart is always arrhythmic. So that’s another issue that they’re going to look at there now.
“His wife is obviously there with him and a friend of his from Hong Kong flew in from Nevada to be with her.
“At the moment in the UK they are only allowing one person into the hospital due to Covid restrictions.”
While at the park over the weekend, a passerby tried to help Campbell and performed CPR, before the sportsman was rushed to hospital and placed in an induced coma.
Campbell, who coaches the Netherlands cricket team, was in London to visit his wife’s mother, Leontina Campbell, with their two children for Easter.
Parker held back tears as he broke the news on Tuesday.
“What we understand is that Campbo was in a playground with his kids when he turned a corner and he basically lay down and had trouble breathing,” he said. to listeners.
“Fortunately, a stranger, a female nearby, spotted him and immediately began performing CPR. Extraordinarily enough, she had just completed a CPR course herself.
Campbell had a pulse when paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later and has been hospitalized ever since.
Parker said Campbell was “fit as a fiddle”, adding: “This news comes as a real shock to his family and friends in Australia, who heard about it on Easter Sunday.”
Campbell took to Instagram just six days ago to share several photos from his recent visit to Perth, after being locked out for an extended period due to the Covid border closure.
“I feel like I haven’t been home forever, but the seven days spent with my family and friends have been awesome…. Thanks Perth,” he wrote.
Campbell was Western Australia’s long-term wicketkeeper and played two one-day internationals for Australia, both in 2002.
An aggressive batsman who often opened the innings in white-ball cricket, Campbell would have played more for Australia, but Adam Gilchrist, a one-of-a-kind goalkeeper-batsman, was firmly entrenched in the national team.
The 50-year-old has played 98 top-class games and made 105 A-list appearances over a long career.
The drama about Campbell’s health comes after cricketing legend Shane Warne died last month of a suspected heart attack while on vacation on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.