Shane Del Rosario Taken Off Life Support, Shows Signs of Brain Activity

December 1, 2013
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Shane Del RosarioHospitalized UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario showed signs of brain activity and was taken off life support this weekend, according to the fighter’s teammate and friend Erik Apple.

Del Rosario is now able to breathe independently and he squeezed his mother’s hand, Apple added. MMAWeekly.com confirmed the information after an initial report from Sherdog.com.

“He needs to keep fighting,” Apple said in a text message. “None of these are definitive. However, they give us some hope.”

Apple added that del Rosario has been placed on a respirator, a mask-like device used to prevent the inhalation of noxious substances. The fighter had been on a ventilator, which was used to assist with breathing.

Del Rosario was rushed to a Southern California hospital on Tuesday after having a catastrophic cardiac collapse in his home, the fighter’s representative, Jason House, told MMAWeekly.com. He was resuscitated in the emergency room and placed in the coronary care unit.

“Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life-threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death,” House said in a statement. “Tragically, it strikes healthy, young people, and often is the first and only presentation of a heart problem.”

MMAWeekly.com will have updates about del Rosario’s condition as more information becomes available.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    OMG, I thought he died!

    This is at least good news.

  • drew202k

    geez this news i thought shane is dead

  • Slicer

    Damn, thankgod they didnt take him off life support yesterday

  • Kryptonitekid

    what?? Awesome news so far.. Hope he pulls through.

  • David Huenecke

    Glad to hear the news and hope he pulls through. I only wonder what damage has been done. Going that long without brain activity is not good. Hope he recovers but I doubt we will see him fight again.

  • Shakir Hanifa

    Wow!!! Happiest news. You are a real fighter brother!!!

  • Kenny Powers

    C’mon Shane, you can do it man, pull through, its not your time yet.

  • julian moran

    I read on wikipidea yesterday that Shane was taken off of life support by his family and died.

  • bayik

    Holy shit, Thank God! after hearing that Paul Walker died. please lord let Shane live..

  • Azumpire

    Best news ever. It made my weekend! Way to go Shane!~~

  • Manuel Lopez

    Great news! I’m so glad for him and his family. God bless.

  • Cameron Merryman

    So hes not dead? WTF MMAweekly

    • Maddawgmar

      No one ever said he was dead. All that was reported was his family was preparing and saying goodbyes. It was all the people making comment that were saying RIP, and pretty much writing it off.

      I hope he continues to improve.

  • Otto

    Go Shane go, u can do it bro, don’t stop fighting brother, best news I’ve heard in a while, we’re all pulling for u

  • solo

    C’ mon Shane, make it the greatest comeback ever!

  • rudolf-v

    Miracle, keep fighting Shane!!!