Angela Magana is facing a major health scare.
The former UFC fighter, who recently signed to the Combate Americas promotion, is currently in a coma after undergoing emergency surgery early Tuesday morning, according to an official statement from Combate Americas.
It was Magana who first tweeted that she was preparing for surgery at University Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
About to be put in a gown and cap for surgery #YourMajesty #MMA #Queen— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 16, 2019
Approximately 20 hours later, a message appeared on Magana’s Twitter attributed to her Team La Perla coaching staff, sating that there were “complications and they cannot wake her up. They are trying many options, we will keep you up to date.”
Message from Coaching Staff there have complications and they can not wake her up. They are trying many options we will keep you up to date. Thank you for the out pouring of concern and love #TeamLaPerla #— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 16, 2019
Further updates appeared on her account, with one showing up on Tuesday evening explaining that Magana suffered a herniated disc in training and that she used a nerve block so that she could continue. The nerve block “caused a rare neurological disorder” that required Magana to be “rushed to emergency neuro surgery.” That update, which occurred at 9:49 p.m. ET Tuesday, stated that Magana still had not regained consciousness after having surgery in the morning.
What happened to Angela, she herniated a disc while training for fight, she went for a nerve block to continue training. Nerve block caused a rare nuerological disorder, cauda equina, rushed to emergency nuero surgery and hasnt woken since surgery this AM curently in a coma.— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 17, 2019
The account has also shared a series of videos filmed prior to the surgery in which Magana expressed trepidation and uncertainty over the procedure, particularly when it came to the administering of the anesthesia:
Another video she wanted. pic.twitter.com/bfZi3BTZEX— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 17, 2019
Angela wanted me to post these in pre op. She is still unresponsive. pic.twitter.com/7Wg5oroinB— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 17, 2019
This is hard to watch but we didnt know this is where she would be.— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 17, 2019
Good vibes and healing energy to our warrior! You will wake up!!!!
Team La Perla pic.twitter.com/aWvu1ZQuIu
Magana is currently scheduled to fight Kyra Batara on April 26, but that bout appears to be in jeopardy. Combate Americas released a statement on the situation, which can be read below:
“We are closely following the progress of Angela Magana who is currently in a coma following complications from emergency surgery. Our team is in direct contact with her coach.
“Angela is a true fighter and we are staying positive that she will fight her way out of this.”
Words of support have also come in from Rizin Fighting Federation, who Magana fought for last August, and past UFC opponent Tecia Torres:
We very much hope for the best. Deep prayers from Japan. https://t.co/8UpzbUW3Tr— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) April 17, 2019
Sending love and light your way. Praying for a speedy recovery @AngelaMagana1 pic.twitter.com/nUQwAgkeKp— Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) April 17, 2019
Magana’s coach, who identified himself as Gabriel, gave an update Wednesday evening, saying they are “hopeful” about Magana’s recovery.
“She’s been in observation all day long and she’s been having a slow recovery,” Gabriel said on a video posted to Magana’s Twitter account. “She’s been moving her hands and he’s been opening an closing her eyes. So we’re positive that she’s going to get healthy soon.”
Update on Angelas Status. We are very postive about her waking up from the coma.— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 17, 2019
Sincerely Gabriel pic.twitter.com/atfuTMSCDs