Doc­tor’s sur­prise at no op for boxer

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AN A&E con­sul­tant told the in­quiry into the death of Scot­tish boxer Mike Tow­ell he was “sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed” that sur­geons felt they couldn’t op­er­ate.

Ryan Con­nelly, 37, said Mike was “pro­foundly un­con­scious” when he ar­rived at the emer­gency de­part­ment of Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary and was given an emer­gency CT scan.

He said he left the scan to phone a sur­geon be­cause “if any­thing was go­ing to save his life it wold be im­me­di­ate neu­ro­surgery”.

Mr Con­nelly said he was told “it was an un­sur­viv­able in­jury and would not be amenable to neu­ro­surgery”.

The emer­gency medicine doc­tor said he was quite sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed they felt they couldn’t op­er­ate.

He said he pushed for Mike to be trans­ferred to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal for him to go to the neu­ro­surgery in­ten­sive care unit.

Dr Christo­pher Green­halgh also gave ev­i­dence that he tended to Mike im­me­di­ately af­ter he col­lapsed in the ring, and trav­elled with him to hos­pi­tal af­ter the boxer had fallen un­con­scious.

The doc­tors gave ev­i­dence for a sec­ond day at the probe into the 25-year-old fighter’s death at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day.

Mike, from Dundee, died of a bleed on the brain the day af­ter he lost a bout in the fifth round to Welsh fighter Dale Evans on Septem­ber 29, 2016.

Iron’ Mike, a wel­ter­weight fighter, col­lapsed af­ter his loss to Evans in the British ti­tle elim­i­na­tor at Glas­gow’s St An­drews Sport­ing Club.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal but died 24 hours later on Septem­ber 30.

The in­quiry be­fore Sher­iff Prin­ci­pal Craig Turn­bull con­tin­ues.

Mike Tow­ell

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