T&T’s forward Jerrel Britto suffered a medical scare last week while in training with his Honduran club Honduras Progreso after experiencing chest pains and dizzy spells. Fortunately for the former national under-15 captain, after being taken to hospital by club officials, an echo-cardiogram and further medical tests revealed no heart complications. He was later cleared by doctors to resume playing.
“I was getting a sharp pain in my chest during training but I didn’t pay it any attention until later in the training I started feeling light headed,” Britto explained. “When I sat down it got worse and I encountered breathing problems before the coaches and some players came to my aid and then I was taken to hospital.”
The conditions in Honduras recently may have played a part in Britto’s physical condition.
“The doctor said that my physical state was good following the tests and that maybe what took place was due to dehydration because the sun has been very hot lately,” he said.
Britto went on to play two successive matches since, scoring in the 59th minute of his team’s 4-1 win over Platense on Wednesday.
“Thankfully all is well now for me. I’ve played two full games and scored once but it just goes to show how you cannot take anything for granted. I am grateful to God for everything that he has guided me through and I will continue to strive and give praises,” Britto said. Britto was called up to the Senior Men’s Team earlier this year.