Alexandre Pereira Da Silva Remains in a Coma 2 Months After Failed Weight Cut

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2018
Guilherme Cruz @guicruzzz

Brazilian MMA fighter Alexandre Pereira Silva remains in coma two months after weight-cutting complications https://t.co/gxbE3TJ5Hk https://t.co/L8pOVp3AYd

In January, Alexandre Pereira da Silva's weight cut for a fight at Shooto Brazil 80 went terribly wrong. The 26-year-old had multiple seizures and then a heart attack in the hospital.

Magno Pereira, Da Silva's father, explained the fighter's ongoing health issues to MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz.

Da Silva remains in a coma two months after the initial complications and is in critical condition with an infection.

Pereira was told by the doctors that his son had rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome that can lead to kidney failure. In Da Silva's case, it caused internal bleeding with a blood clot in his brain.

In the days following Da Silva's hospitalization, Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras told Combate (translation via Cruz) that the doctors' report indicated "heat stroke" and not dehydration as the cause of the problems.

During the two-month span since then, Da Silva has also suffered organ failure but he has regained their functions. 

Da Silva's case is yet another scary story related to weight cutting. There is still fear he could fall into a vegetative state, as doctors initially told his parents he'd need "a miracle" to survive.


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