“I nearly died.”
Harrowing words from Darren Campbell, part of Great Britain’s winning men’s 4×100m relay team at Athens 2004.
The 44-year-old suffered a bleed in his pituitary gland last Tuesday and was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure.
Campbell currently works as a radio presenter for the BBC, and told the broadcaster he was “relieved to be alive.”
The former sprinter had to breathe through a ventilator when first admitted to hospital, although he is now slowly recovering.
Sending out best wishes & love to an old training partner @campbelldarren One of the toughest guys mentally & physically I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing… stay strong on your recovery D!! 👊🏼❤️
— matt elias (@mattelias400h) May 15, 2018
“The doctors have said if I wasn’t so fit, I wouldn’t be here,” Campbell added.
He had never suffered seizures previously, but had several while in hospital. He is hoping to be discharged soon.
Campbell added: “When they first told me I was on a ventilator, I didn’t believe them. I’ve got other people filling in blanks.
“Each minute and moment I’m trying to take things in and give thanks.
The athletics pundit now expects to take time away from work to rest.
In addition to his relay gold, the Manchester-born runner also won 200m silver and finished sixth in the 100m four years earlier at Sydney 2000.
He is also a three-time World Championships medallist, and also won three European and two Commonwealth Games gold medals during his career.