Former boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is struggling for his life, after having been shot earlier this week. Doctors remain unsure about his chances to survive.
The 50-year-old was shot in the face in his hometown, Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Camacho was sitting in a Ford Mustang outside a bar in the company of his friend, Adrian Moreno, when the shooting began. His friend was fatally injured during the incident.
Even though no arrests were made and no motive was disclosed, the police stated that two gunmen who fled the scene in an SUV are responsible for the open fire. After the shooting, Camacho was rushed to the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan where he was diagnosed with shoulder fracture and multiple neck, face and head injuries. The bullet initially hit his jaw then exited his head and hit his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae on its path.
Initially the doctors were optimistic about Camacho’s chances of survival, as his condition was deemed critical but stable. However, overnight the boxer’s condition worsened and his heart even stopped at one point. Dr. Ernesto Torres, Camacho’s physician and the director of the Centro Medico trauma center, told Associated Press that the patient had irregular and intermittent brain activity late on Wednesday and that efforts were made to establish his actual brain activity level.
More tests were scheduled for Thursday morning. Depending on their results the doctors will present Camacho’s family with the possibility of having him taken off life support. “The changes so far have been more negative than positive since he doesn’t have enough blood coursing through his brain”, Torres said in his statement.
Ismael Leandry, the boxer’s former manager and friend, stated that at the moment the doctors are pending Camacho’s mother’s decision on whether he should be taken off life support or not. Maria flew in from New York on Wednesday to see her son and was devastated to hear the prognosis was not at all favorable.
One of the former boxer’s godsons, Widniel Adorno, said that the family might consider organ donation in the event of Camacho’s passing, but no final decision was made in that regard.