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Comatose Boxer Abdusalamov Moves Arm, Raising Recovery Hopes – Manager

23:30 13.11.2013 (Last updated 12:29 14.11.2013)

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  • Magomed Abdusalamov (left) and Miek Perez

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WASHINGTON, November 13 (R-Sport) – Russian boxer Magomed Abdusalamov on Wednesday moved his arm in what doctors said was the first such motion he had made since being put in a medically induced coma last week following a brutal 10-round bout in New York City, his manager told RIA Novosti.

A doctor at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan pinched Abdusalamov’s arm to test his responsiveness, and the boxer responded by reaching over with his other arm to try to push the doctor away, his manager Boris Grinberg said Wednesday.

“It’s his reflexes,” Grinberg told RIA Novosti in a telephone interview from the hospital.

Grinberg learned of the update from a doctor who approached him during the interview with RIA Novosti. The doctor could be heard in the background saying that Abdusalamov's arm movement was something that he had “never seen him do before.”

Abdusalamov, 32, lost the brutal fight to Cuban fighter Mike Perez on November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He left the arena after being cleared by doctors from New York’s state athletic commission but had to be rushed to the emergency room, where a blood clot was discovered in his brain.

The clot was surgically removed, but Abdusalamov suffered a stroke after being placed in a medically induced coma.

Grinberg told RIA Novosti that a doctor told him that when Abdusalamov was first brought into the hospital after the fight, he was “100 percent sure” he would not live. Doctors have now told him that he has survived “100 percent,” Grinberg said.

“He survived, but now he has a long, long way for rehabilitation,” he said.

It remains unclear how much brain damage Abdusalamov may have suffered, however, Grinberg added.

The New York State Office of the Inspector General this week launched an investigation into the state athletic commission’s handling of the fight, a probe that follows complaints by Grinberg that the commission’s doctors improperly allowed him to leave the arena after the match.

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