Florida Gators junior swimmer Sinead Russell was admitted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, late last week and subsequently diagnosed with cerebral venous thrombosis, a potentially life-threatening blood clot near the brain.
She was treated with care over the weekend and released into her family’s custody on Wednesday, according to her father, Cecil Russell.
“The next four weeks are critical,” he said in an e-mail to the Burlington Post on Wednesday. “No swimming, no exercises…she has to have complete rest.”
The Gators were unable to confirm Russell’s medical status, at the request of her family, but a spokesman did provide the following statement to OnlyGators.com:
“Sinead Russell was admitted into the hospital with an illness and continues to be evaluated by doctors. There is no timetable for her return to competition.”