Simoya Campbell given clean bill of health

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 2:29 PM    

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BARCELONA, Spain — Simoya Campbell, the Jamaican 800m runner who was hospitalised earlier today in Barcelona is resting after being given a clean bill of health at the Hospital del Mar.

A relieved team manager Jullet Parkes told the Jamaica Observer today that a battery of tests were conducted on the Spalding high school student but all turned up negative for any serious illness.

Parks said the doctors had performed a CT scan, chest x-rays and blood test but found nothing wrong with her and as a further precaution are planning to carry out a lumbar test (spinal tap) to rule out any viral infection."

Campbell will spend the night at the facility but said in a telephone interview that she was feeling fine, "I am all right I was just feeling dizzy this morning but had no pain."

Parkes said she was making arrangements for the athlete to talk to her parents by phone as soon as possible.

Campbell, who had qualified for the semi-finals of the 800m after running 2 minutes 06.18 seconds on Tuesday, was rushed to the medical facility earlier today just after 10:00am local time after she complained of feeling dizzy and collapsed on the team bus.

Reports are that she could not respond to verbal commands and her 'eyes had rolled over to show the whites.'

Campbell is one of several athletes participating in the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships who complained of 'flu like symptoms' on Tuesday’s opening day of the championships.



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