Macho” Camacho in Critical Condition After Being Shot in Puerto Rico

The sit­u­a­tion is fluid, and more infor­ma­tion appears to be pending.

For­mer world box­ing cham­pion Hec­tor “Macho” Cama­cho went into car­diac arrest Wednes­day morn­ing but was sta­bi­lized by doc­tors after being shot in the face Tues­day out­side of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The sit­u­a­tion with ‘Macho’ is very del­i­cate,” Cen­tro Medico direc­tor Dr. Ernesto Tor­res told reporters dur­ing a Wednes­day morn­ing press con­fer­ence. “The prog­no­sis is not good.”

Cama­cho shot in the face as he sat in a car out­side the Puerto Rican cap­i­tal Tues­day, and doc­tors said he was in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion after suf­fer­ing car­diac arrest at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

He went into car­diac arrest. The doc­tors were able to get his heart started again with the med­i­cine and we are main­tain­ing his blood pres­sure and pulse sta­ble med­ically right now to see whether dur­ing this morn­ing, after­noon or evening we see a pos­i­tive change,” Tor­res said.

Cama­cho was rushed to the trauma cen­ter in San Juan, and was in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, Tues­day night, but Tor­res cau­tioned that there was decreased brain activ­ity in the for­mer champ overnight.

Another man in the car, whose rela­tion­ship to the 50-year-old Cama­cho wasn’t imme­di­ately known, died in the attack in which at least one gun­man opened fire on their vehi­cle in the city of Baya­mon, accord­ing to a state­ment from police.

The bul­let appar­ently struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoul­der and frac­tured two ver­te­brae, Tor­res said. The doc­tor said the boxer, who was trailed by drug and alco­hol prob­lems dur­ing a career that included some high-profile bouts, could be par­a­lyzed from the shooting.

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