Magomed Abdusalamov: Improving, but not ready to come out of his comaWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Abdusalamov suffered brain-related injuries in his unanimous decision loss to Mike Perez on HBO's televised portion of the Golovkin vs Stevens fight card on November 2nd. The following day, the brave fighter was hospitalized and placed in a medically-induced coma where he remains to this day.
Although not reported at the time, doctors were seemingly pessimistic about his chances for survival. However, to the delight of Mago's fans across the world, the heavyweight's condition markedly improved last week and doctors at St. Luke's Hospital were almost ready to 'wake him up.'
Since then and according to his promoter, Nathan Lewkowicz, doctors have removed 'vacuum tubing' from his head which indicates the brain swelling is subsiding. It's a sign of improvement but doctors believe it's too risky to follow through on last week's decry at this moment.
Via phone Sunday, Lewkowicz insisted, "They didn't want to risk his body going into shock. I think they want to wait a day or two before they try and take him out of his coma."
"But they're hopeful," he added.
"They feel like he's making progress. They pinched his arm on Friday and he slid his arm away slightly so that's a good sign."
The fighter will remain in an induced coma for at least another day or two at Roosevelt Hospital in New York where his wife, father and three young children are keeping constant vigil.
A fund was started to help cover Mago's enormous medical costs and "well over six figures" has been raised thus far.
Doctors are uncertain of the state he will be in after he wakes up from the coma but it's likely Mago's road to recovery will be long and difficult regardless.
Donations to the Magomed Abdusalamov Trust can be made two ways:
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