So - it's with deep regret that I inform you that Magomed Abdusalamov has been hospitalized once again, with what his wife describes as 'life-threatening' conditions. This latest hospitalization is the fourth time in the last month or so for Mago, who is currently suffering from sepsis and osteomyelitis (blood and bone infections), as well as recurring pressure ulcers that doctors are attempting to treat. Prior to this latest occurence, Mago had also been recently treated for lung and urinary tract infections, as well as a surgery for a lesion.
All of these health issues for Mago have arisen as a direct result of the injuries he sustained in a 2013 loss to Mike Perez - a fight in which he left the ring with a blood clot in his brain that required immediate and serious medical attention. Shortly afterwards, Mago suffered from a series of strokes, had to be placed in a medically induced coma for several weeks, and spent about 10 months in the hospital before he was released unable to walk or talk, and paralyzed on his left side. His entire family, including his wife, have been going through an unthinkable amount of distress since his injuries.
"Before this happened we were more than husband and wife, everything was perfect," Abdusalamova said as she fought off tears. "Now the children (Patimat and her two sisters, Shakhrizat, 8, and Saygibat, 5) always ask when he will be back to who he was and I hold out hope 'Mago' will at least be able to speak again and smile some more."
The Abdusalamov family has sued NYSAC's doctors, the referee, the inspector, Madison Square Garden and K2 Promotions who were all involved with the fight in which Mago was injured - alleging negligence and medical malpractice both during and following the fight.
Court papers that were filed last month show that Mago has already accumulated $1.7M in medical bills in just one year since his injuries, and these latest ailments are described as a "tremendous setback to his condition."
"Before last month," said Abdusalamova, "it seemed we were done with hospitals and focused on rehabilitation, but since he developed the infections he hasn't been alert or able to communicate and it's so agonizing that all of his progress stopped with these recent struggles."
"But we always try to stay positive," the devout Muslim added. "We pray and hope for the best, as this is Mago, after all, and he is always a fighter."
This news is completely gut-wrenching and horrifying for all those involved, even to those who have only followed the story - but particularly for the family members who have to endure the unthinkable pain and uncertaintly on a day-to-day basis. What's worse is that despite some of the goodwill and insurance money that has already been given to the family for Mago's treatment, it really only amounts to a drop in the bucket for his accumulated medical bills. I'm not a judge or an attorney, but it seems unconscionable that the family who is already suffering terribly, also has to suffer the weight of being overwhelmed by tremendous medical bills - all while simply hoping that their loved one survives long enough to one day smile again. My prayers extend to the entire Abdusalamov family.