Several athletes are sending sympathies to former Jamaica world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who recovering after emergency surgery to remove his appendix.
The Deagu 2011 world 100m champion did the surgery in Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this week. According to reports, Yohan Blake complained of severe stomach pain and was rushed to the hospital.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle were among the first to send encouraging words to Yohan Blake.
“God is good. Glad you’re doing well! 🙏🏾” wrote Fraser-Pryce.
“Speedy recovery @yohanblake 🙏🏿 big up yourself ✊🏿👊🏿,” said Gayle.
Warren Weir, who was third behind Bolt and Blake in London 2012, wrote: “Get well soon, bro 🙏🏾”
Jamaica’s most decorated sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown said, “get well soon 🙏🏾” while Shanieka Ricketts, the Doha 2019 triple jump silver medallist, also added, “get well soon @yohanblake 🙏🏾🙏🏾”
Blake, the London 2012 sprint double silver medal winner behind Usain Bolt, spoke but didn’t say much about the surgery.
“A lot of people see you, they would say anything, but they don’t know what you’re going through. But with God, all things are possible, and I give God thanks for being here today and for saving me each and every day!
Blake went on to thank his girlfriend Laura for being there for him throughout his tough times. He described her as his “rock” and added, “I LOVE her dearly; She has been there by my side. She hasn’t left me once even when the doctor said to go home, she was by my side. Also, to everyone who wishes me well, I just want to say thanks. Life can come at you unexpectedly, so thank you Lord, thank you God!”