Multi-Paralympic medal winner Danielle Campo McLeod is in critical condition at a hospital in her native Canada, with the swimmer experiencing complications after having given birth to her third child.
The 36-year-old gave birth two weeks ago but is on life support with Campo McLeod’s mother describing the situation as ‘very grave’ and ‘we’re just hanging on from minute to minute.’
The 2000 and 2004 Paralympian underwent a C-section and a bowel resection due to the complications and is now fighting for her life with septic shock syndrome. (AM800)
Campo McLeod was originally diagnosed with muscular dystrophy early on in life but remarkably had a change in diagnosis just two years ago. Instead of the genetic disease which causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass, Campo McLeod was told she instead was actually suffering from congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS). (CBC)
CMS results in an underlying defect in the transmission of signals from nerve cells to muscles. These types of disorders are characterized by muscle weakness, which is worsened upon exertion. (Rarediseases.org)
In Campo McLeod’s case, it took 35 years to find the rare genetic mutation which cause the disease.
Retired Campo McLeod took three gold medals at the 2000 Paralympic Games Sydney among her athletic achievements.