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Ryan Campbell suffers heart attack at London playground


Former Australian cricketer Ryan Campbell, who suffered cardiac arrests in the United Kingdom last weekend, is on the road to recovery, his family says.

Campbell, 50, now lives in the Netherlands and coaches its national team. He caught up with family and friends in a visit to Perth just a fortnight ago, and was on a further visit to the UK to visit his wife’s family for Easter when he collapsed at a playground before his two children. A passerby performed CPR while they awaited paramedics.

Former Australian cricketer, Ryan Campbell, coaches the Netherlands national cricket team.

Former Australian cricketer, Ryan Campbell, coaches the Netherlands national cricket team. Credit:Getty Images

His family issued a statement on Friday saying he was being closely monitored at Royal Stoke University Hospital and his condition was unlikely to change over the weekend.

However, things took a turn for the better and on Sunday, Australian time, his family posted another update announcing Campbell’s sedation was “successfully discontinued”.

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“He has reacted very well and is now in a stable condition,” the update read.

“Whilst still very weak he is talking and responsive. Doctors hope that with continued progress he should make a full recovery.”

Campbell’s family again thanked his supporters for their good wishes.

“It is impossible to say how grateful we all are to you all,” the post read.



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