The condition of Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov, who is in a medically induced coma and on life support at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York following a vicious battle with Mike Perez on Nov. 2, has improved to the point where doctors may “try to wake him up from the coma by this weekend,” his promoter, Nathan Lewkowicz, informed RingTV.com on Wednesday.
Lewkowicz said that his father, Sampson Lewkowicz, was at the hospital with family members of Abdusalamov, who “showed some movement in his arms” on Wednesday, as well as favorable results during a CAT scan earlier this week.
“We heard some good news from the doctors that they believe Mago will survive this and will try to wake him up from the coma hopefully by this weekend, probably in about two or three days. It’s like a 180-degree turn. It’s a miracle that, it seemed, a week ago that he was going to die,” said Nathan Lewkowicz.
“Basically, the chance of survival is about 100 percent where the same doctors, a week ago, were saying that he wasn’t going to make it. They did a reflex test on him today and he showed some movement in his arms, so that’s something that they weren’t expecting to see, so that’s a huge, huge step in the right direction.”
Abdusalamov, 32, had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The fight, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, was also broadcast worldwide on HBO.
Abdusalamov’s family has been supporting him, including his wife, father, brothers and three young children, in addition to his manager, Boris Grinberg.
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