Keyontae Johnson diagnosed with myocarditis that has been linked to COVID-19
Johnson was released from the hospital on Tuesday
Florida's Keyontae Johnson was just released from hospital after his collapse on the pitch, but his health problems may persist as he was diagnosed with heart disease.
A source close to Johnson told USA Today on Wednesday that the SEC preseason player of the year was diagnosed with acute myocarditis. It is an inflammation of the heart associated with viral infections and has been linked to COVID-19. Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19 this summer.
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Read more: Florida Gators' Keyontae Johnson was discharged from hospital after the collapse
Johnson's condition was discovered Monday after the Florida forward was handed over to UF Health in Gainesville and an MRI was performed on his heart, according to USA Today. Johnson is expected to miss the remainder of the Florida Gators season due to illness.
As theGrio previously reported, Johnson collapsed during a game in the state of Florida on December 12 and was forced to fall into a medically induced coma. Fortunately, the 21-year-old began to breathe on his own.
Johnson thanked doctors and fans for their support in a video message released last Friday.
"I know you have sent out your prayers over the past few weeks, and I and my parents are very grateful for the prayers that have gone out. All the doctors and medical staff at the Tallahassee Memorial and UF Shands, I just want to thank for their support "I just wanted to thank my Gator Nation and my UF family of athletes for all the prayers you gave me."
Read more: Florida's Keyontae Johnson breathes on its own after the collapse
His parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, made a statement Tuesday that he would be released from the hospital and spend the vacation with them as a family.
"We continue to be amazed at the pace of his recovery," said the family's statement. "Along with so many good wishes and prayers, we have understandably received questions from Keyontae about the cause and extent of the disease. As much as everyone concerned wants firm answers, the process of drawing definitive conclusions continues and we ask for your patience while the medics continue their work.
“We aim to not only share updates about Keyontae, but also any information that we think might help others. When we have that, we'll share it. Until then, we are grateful for the care and support Keyontae receives. "
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Keyontae Johnson, diagnosed with myocarditis linked to COVID-19, first appeared on TheGrio.
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