Combate Americas Fighter Angela Magana in Coma Following Complications from Emergency Surgery • MMA News
Former UFC fighter and current Combate Americas athlete
Angela Magana has slipped into a coma following complications from surgery.
A member from Magana’s team revealed the news on her Twitter
account after she was hospitalized from emergency surgery after experiencing a
herniated disc in her back during training camp.
Magana was training for an upcoming fight in her Combate
Americas debut before suffering the injury that forced her into surgery in
Puerto Rico where she currently resides.
“What happened to Angela, she herniated a disc while
training for fight, she went for a nerve block to continue training. Nerve
block caused a rare nuerological disorder, cauda equina, rushed to emergency
nuero surgery and hasn’t woken since surgery this AM currently in a coma,”
Magana’s team wrote on her Twitter account following the surgery.
“Angela still unresponsive I will be here in the ICU at
hospital as nuero team works on this. Remember life is so short and can change
in a blink of an eye!”
Cauda equina is described as “compression (squeezing) of the
cauda equina–the sac of nerves and nerve roots at the base and just below the
spinal cord in the lumbosacral spinal canal. It is a rare but serious disorder,
and a medical emergency.”
Following this news, Combate Americas released a statement regarding
“We are closely following the progress of Angela Magana who
is currently in a coma following complications from emergency surgery,” a Combate
Americas spokeperson said in a statement provided to MMANews.
“Our team is in direct contact with her coach. Angela is a true fighter, and we are staying
positive that she will fight her way out of this.”
Magana was originally scheduled to compete for Combate
Americas on April 26 in her debut until she suffered the injury that put her
out of the fight and into the hospital.
Now she remains hospitalized in a coma with her team
providing updates as they become available.