Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov was returned to life support on Friday following a rise in temprature after having been briefly awakened from his medically induced coma on Thursday and taken off the respirator at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, according to his promoter, Nathan Lewkowicz.
After being awakened, Lewkowicz said that the fighter had been “breathing on his own,” had “opened his right eye,” and had the ability to “move his right foot,” following a vicious battle with Mike Perez on Nov. 2.
Doctors had elected to wake up Abdusalamov after he began “to respond positively” following surgery and being placed in the coma as a result of a blood clot that had formed in his brain during his 10-round loss to Perez.
Even after having been removed from the coma, however, Lewkowicz said that Abdusalamove still had “tubes in his neck…as a precautionary measure just in case he stops breathing on his own.”
“They put him back on life support because his temprature was going up,” said Lewkowicz. “That was about an hour ago.”
Abdusalamov, 32, had to have emergency surgery to remove the blood clot. The fight, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, was also broadcast worldwide on HBO.
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