Alexandre Pereira Silva is still fighting for his life more than two months after he collapsed while preparing for his professional mixed martial arts debut.
The Brazilian MMA fighter was cutting weight when he suffered multiple seizures and a heart attack prior to his scheduled bout at Shooto Brazil 80 in January.
Alexandere’s father, Magno Pereira, told Guilherme Cruz of mmafighting.com that his son suffered from rhabdomyolysis, which caused internal bleeding, and has a blood clot on the brain. He has been in critical condition in an intensive-care unit ever since being taken to the hospital. Pereira says his son is at a risk of permanently living in a vegetative state.
A week after the incident, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission said that Silva had yet to be licensed by the commission to compete.
“The athlete did all the pre-fight exams required, except the physical exam, the only one that wasn’t sent to the athletic commission,” the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission’s chief operating officer told MMA fighting.