The Canadian Press
QUEBEC–The medical team treating boxer Adonis Stevenson in a Quebec City hospital said yesterday it is too early to say anything definitive about his prognosis as he continues to receive treatment for a severe traumatic brain injury.
Intensive care specialist Dr. Alexis Turgeon told reporters the 41-year-old fighter remains in stable but critical condition after a knockout loss Saturday night in his WBC light heavyweight title defence against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine.
Turgeon said he could not offer an informed opinion on the Montreal boxer’s chances of a full recovery.
“If I had clear answers, I would give them,” Turgeon told reporters at a news conference requested by the family.
“The family would like them, too,” he added. “They’re asking the same questions as you.”
Stevenson’s condition deteriorated after he was helped into the dressing room following Saturday’s fight, and he was transported by ambulance to Hopital de l’Enfant-Jesus from the Videotron Centre.
He was admitted with “a traumatic brain injury” that required rapid neurosurgery, the physician said.
He added Stevenson is under mechanical ventilation, is sedated, and requires specialized neurological monitoring.
Turgeon said by the time Stevenson arrived at the emergency room, he wasn’t able to speak.
“His level of consciousness was altered–like someone who was sleeping deeply,” Turgeon noted.
“When you have a [traumatic brain injury], you have the first injury and then, over time, in the first minutes and hours after the injury, that’s when the damage starts to progress,” he added.
“That’s when your level of consciousness will be altered.”
A neurosurgeon quickly operated to reduce bleeding in the brain.
Turgeon said the next step for Stevenson is to get past the critical phase, which doctors hope can happen by the end of the week.
That will depend on the results of monitoring, further scans, and assessment of his condition.
Stevenson does have certain factors in his favour.
“He’s a healthy man, in good shape, and we didn’t suspect any damage to his brain prior to this injury,” Turgeon said.
But there are likely to be some lasting effects.
“It’s a traumatic brain injury,” the doctor said. “The majority of people come out of it with after-effects.”