Florida uses full-page ad to thank rival Florida State for helping Keyontae Johnson
The University of Florida thanked rival Florida State for the community's care and action after Gator's striker Keyontae Johnson collapsed on the pitch earlier this month.
Florida published a full-page ad for the gesture in the Wednesday edition of the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminole’s home newspaper.
The ad includes a profile photo of Johnson's back with his nameplate and number 11. The ad reads:
"Amanda Robinson, Vanessa Fuchs, Ryan Zornes, Erick Casto, Chuck Walsh, Dr. Marylin Cox, Dr. Devin Buston, Dr. Jason Oberste, Dr. Hector Mejia, Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Carlos Campo, Dr. Greg Hartiage , Mark O 'Bryant and the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare team, President Thrasher, Coach Leonard Hamilton and everyone else who showed up in a moment of crisis and helped care for Keyontae Johnson:
"THANK YOU VERY MUCH
"We are overwhelmingly grateful to everyone in the state of Florida and the Tallahassee Township for their quick and careful action. Our schools compete in so many ways, but the rivalry between our institutions is not a rivalry between our people. The ability to bet everything else apart of the welfare of a student in need, was fully exhibited on December 12th. We are grateful. "
Johnson, 21, collapsed minutes in a game on December 12 at FSU. Trainers took care of him and he was kicked off the pitch. At Tallahassee HealthCare Hospital, he was initially classified as in critical but stable condition.
Keyontae Johnson was taken care of by a rival town after it collapsed in Florida state court. (AP Photo / Matt Stamey, File)
Johnson was discharged from the hospital after 10 days
The Johnson family has updated his status, which has been slowly improving over the past 11 days. A week after his breakdown, Johnson shared an emotional video on Twitter to express his gratitude.
He was transferred to UF Health in Gainesville, where he stayed until Tuesday when his family announced that he was released. They also asked for patience regarding his "illness" and said doctors are working on official conclusions.
The family has not disclosed any information about the possible cause of Johnson's breakdown or a diagnosis. Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun reported Tuesday night that Johnson was diagnosed with acute myocarditis. The heart disease that causes the organ to become inflamed has been linked to COVID-19.
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