Florida Gators basketball star Keyidae Johnson remains in critical but stable condition on Sunday after collapsing during Saturday’s game, his team said.
Johnson, a pre-season player at the Southeast Conference, was removed from the floor on a stretcher and taken to hospital after collapsing during the time limit of a match against rival Florida.
“We appreciate all of the medical staff who helped Keyontae,” Florida sports director Florida Stricklin said in a statement on Sunday. “Keyontae has been given extraordinary care on the spot by FSU staff and the Tallahassee Memorial, which has been in consultation with UF Health. We are delighted to be with her parents and all feel the support of Gator Nation.”
Johnson stayed in the hospital on Sunday.
– I know you’re fighting brothers teammate Tre Mann tweeted after the match. – God got it.
Norfolk, Virginia, a 6-foot junior, scored 14 points in team height last season, along with 7.1 rebounds. He also led the Gators with 38 thefts.
Johnson had just switched over before the transition, before he crumpled to the floor when the team broke the mess. Several Gators burst into tears and buried his face in a pair of towels as they gathered in prayer.
Like many of his Florida teammates, Johnson tested COVID-19 positively over the summer. Although the cause of Johnson’s disease was not immediately known, the coronavirus can lead to myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. In severe cases, myocarditis can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and has been documented to be a fatal cause for young, otherwise healthy athletes.
“Please continue to pray for Keyontae and her family,” head coach Mike White told social media. “We all love him.”