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Encouraging News from Diaz Camp

Posted on 07/19/2008

Donna Duva-Brooks, promoter of critically injured boxer Oscar Diaz, has issued a somewhat encouraging update regarding their fighter’s condition.

“The brain is back to its normal size and position, and the swelling has gone down,” said the somewhat relieved promoter from Diaz’s bedside at University Hospital Trauma ICU in San Antonio.

Neurosurgeon Dr. David Jimenez performed the two-hour craniotomy on the left side of the fighter’s head on Wednesday night and, according to Duva-Brooks, is pleased with Diaz’s recovery progress, thus far. “He was operated on within two hours of the injury and the doctor said it was of great benefit how fast they were able to get him to the hospital.”

Handling Oscar Diaz’s career has been a family affair for the Duvas, who say they’ve all grown to love the tough little Texan. Tommy Brooks, Donna’s husband, serves as Diaz’s trainer, her father Lou, his manager. “We’re all devastated by this. He’s been a son to us for the past 12 years and we hope and pray he recovers from this injury.”

The fighter’s mother, Theresa, wishes to convey her gratitude to the many who20have expressed their well wishes. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received from everyone. It’s helped us stay strong for Oscar during this difficult time.”

While Duva-Brooks acknowledges that recovery will require a great deal of time and patience, right now, the outlook seems to be improving. “Oscar’s vital signs are good and he has been showing slight improvement each day. Doctors say it could take up to a week to come out of the coma. We are encouraged by the news that the swelling in his brain is gone and we’re all praying for him and taking it day by day. We’ll release more information when it becomes available.”

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