Con­sul­tant tells in­quiry boxer’s in­jury deemed to be ‘un­sur­viv­able’

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ANGUS HOWARTH

A med­i­cal con­sul­tant was told that a Scot­tish boxer who died af­ter a fight had suf­fered an “un­sur­viv­able in­jury”, a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry has heard.

Ryan Con­nelly was giv­ing ev­i­dence at the in­quiry at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court into the death of fighter Mike Tow­ell. Mr Con­nelly said Mr Tow­ell was “pro­foundly un­con­scious” when he ar­rived at Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary. But he said that he was “sur­prised and dis- ap­pointed” that sur­geons felt that they could not op­er­ate. The 25-year-old fighter from Dundee col­lapsed in the ring in Glas­gow, af­ter los­ing a bout to Welsh­man Dale Evans on 29 Septem­ber 2016. He died 24 hours later af­ter suf­fer­ing a bleed in the brain. Mr Con­nelly said the boxer was given an emer­gency CT scan af­ter ar­riv­ing at the hospi­tal.

He said: “I could see the scan my­self, I was very quickly aware he had a sig­nif­i­cant in­jury to his brain.”

Mr Con­nelly said he left the scan to phone a neu­ro­sur­geon be­cause “if any­thing was go­ing to save his life it would be im­me­di­ate neu­ro­surgery”. Mr Con­nelly said he was told it’s an “un­sur­viv­able in­jury”.

The in­quiry con­tin­ues.

Mike Tow­ell died af­ter a fight in Septem­ber 2016

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