August 6, 2005 |
Ruben Contreras returned to California Hospital Medical Center on Friday, making his way down the halls with the aid of a walker to thank the doctors and nurses who saved his life. When Contreras arrived at the facility in downtown Los Angeles 10 weeks ago, it was on a stretcher, near death because of a brain injury suffered in a flyweight match at Staples Center.
August 4, 2005 |
Ruben Contreras is going home. Ten weeks after suffering a brain injury in a boxing match at Staples Center that left him close to death, and five weeks after entering the Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation center in Downey, the 32-year-old fighter, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is scheduled for release Friday, according to Ziyad Ayyoub, a physician at the facility. "He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury," Ayyoub said. "There cannot be a worse one.
June 8, 2005 |
Boxer Ruben Contreras, who has been in critical condition since suffering a head injury in a May 28 fight in Staples Center, is breathing on his own for the first time and beginning to wake from his comatose state. But, in a news conference held Tuesday at California Hospital Medical Center, doctors emphasized that the road to recovery still could be long, and the outcome remains uncertain. "He has a severe brain injury," said Gudata Hinika, the hospital's trauma medical director.
June 4, 2005 |
There were no autograph seekers when Ruben Contreras landed at LAX the night of May 25 for a fight three days later at Staples Center -- no media mob to hound him, no cameras or tape recorders. Scant attention was paid when Contreras weighed in two days later outside Staples Center in the shadow of Julio Cesar Chavez, who was the main attraction in the fight show the night of May 28. They share a homeland and profession, but little else.
June 2, 2005 |
Officials of the California State Athletic Commission will conduct an investigation of Saturday's boxing match at Staples Center in which flyweight Ruben Contreras suffered a serious head injury. Contreras, 32, was in stable condition Wednesday as he was being weaned off medication that put him in a medically induced coma, after 2 1/2 hours of surgery to remove a blood clot around his brain.
May 30, 2005 |
Flyweight Ruben Contreras continued to fight for his life Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital a day after suffering a serious head injury in a match against Brian Viloria at Staples Center. Contreras, who underwent 2 1/2 hours of surgery at California Hospital Medical Center late Saturday night to relieve pressure caused by bleeding around the brain, remains in critical condition. "He still has some ways to go. He is still in danger for his life right now," said trauma surgeon Dr. David Duarte.