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Darren Campbell ‘relieved to be alive’ after brain bleed

HEALTH SCARE: Former sprinter Darren Campbell said doctors told him he wouldn't be alive if he wasn't so fit

OLYMPIC GOLD medal-winning sprinter Darren Campbell has said he’s “relieved to be alive” as he recovers from a bleed in the brain.

Campbell, 44, was rushed to hospital last week Tuesday after he had a seizure at home. He then had to be resuscitated.

"I nearly died," he said. "You have to give thanks. That is how close it was."

Campbell told BBC Sport his hospitalisation was the result of a pituitary apoplexy, a bleed into the gland at the base of the brain.

Despite never having had seizures before, the British former sprinter had several while he was in hospital.

Campbell has asked to be “left alone” as he recovers from the incident.

The two-time gold medallist’s wife and three children are by his side. A decision was made to not have his two youngest children visit him until he showed signs of recovery.

The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter said: "It's only when I see the fear in my kids' eyes that you realise.

"When they first told me I was on a ventilator, I didn't believe them. I've got other people filling in blanks. If you can't breathe by yourself, you are not in a good place.

"I have to be relieved as I nearly died."

In order to stabilise him, Campbell initially required three injections a day.

"It was scary for the family as they are used to seeing this strong character," he said.

"All of a sudden I couldn't control my body. My oldest son has been a rock and kept everything together.

"The doctors have said if I wasn't so fit, I wouldn't be here. I was always going to fight. As long as the doctors were fighting, I'd fight."

After the traumatic experience, Campbell has said he plans to spend more time with his family.

"I'm not working this summer," he said. "I always work but I am taking time off. Each minute and moment I'm trying to take things in and give thanks.”

Campbell hopes to leave hospital today.

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