GAB boxing chief
credits U.S. docs for Gorres’ immediate recovery
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
The fast transport of fallen Cebuano boxer Z Gorres from boxing ring
to the hospital and his immediate operation to remove the blood clot
in his brain were the main factors for his quick recovery, said Games
and Amusement Board (GAB) boxing division chief Nasser Cruz.
Cruz, who is also a
doctor, credited the “excellent” response made by medical officials of
the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and the doctors who
attended to Gorres when he was fighting for his life at the
Medical Center hospital, here.
Cruz said the
27-year-old number two bantamweight contender in the world survived
the 24-hour time line given by Dr. Michael Seiss, a neurosurgeon, who
performed the operation on his brain to remove the blood clot.
Gorres fell in his
corner after winning a 10-round non-title fight against Luis Melendez
of Columbia at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues on November 13. Doctors
immediately performed the surgery and opened his skull after he
suffered subdural hematoma.
“We are in the city
famous for its high standard medical facilities,” said Cruz, who is
here together with his bosses, chairman Eric Buhain and commissioners
Angel Bautista and Ramon Guanzon, to watch the “Firepower” WBO title
tussle between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Angel Cotto.
Cruz said a blood clot
is not difficult if the patient has been attended to immediately.
“Blood clot happens in
any sports event. It happens even in hockey and amateur boxing,” he
explained. “It’s only a matter of how you protect yourself that’s why
we have a third man in the ring cautioning the participants to protect
themselves at all times,” Cruz added.
Cruz stressed that
Gorres, nicknamed “Butchoy”, may undergo a series of rehabilitation
and might stay for a while in the
“but it won’t be too long. The longest may be one month.”
He said Gorres’
medical bills are covered by insurance being a licensed professional
boxer under the NSAC.
Gorres’ family in Cebu,
however, is expected to receive some cash from social fund of the
Philippine government, Cruz confirmed. The GAB board will have to meet
to discuss the matter, he said.
Cruz also ruled out
the possibility for Gorres not to be able to go back to boxing again.
“Well, he can be a
boxing trainer after he recovers,” he quipped.
Noted boxing historian
Hermie Rivera, meanwhile, said he was monitoring Gorres’ progress
regularly saying he expected the Cebuano fighter to recover soon.
“I like that man,”
Rivera, first manager of former WBA bantamweight champion Luisito
Espinosa, said. “He is one of the best boxers we have today.”