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Hector Camacho Shot: Will Mother Take 'Macho' Off Life Support?

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 11/21/12 04:13PM UTC
Hector "Macho" Camacho

Camacho was thought to be in critical, but stable condition early Wednesday morning, but doctors treating him have said that his condition has worsened. (Photo: Reuters)

After Hector "Macho" Camacho was shot on Tuesday, taken to a hospital an thought to be in stable condition, the former world champion boxer's condition has worsened. As a result, he could be taken off life support, according to reports.

The 50-year-old Camacho was shot in the face on Tuesday in the city of Bayamón, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area in Puerto Rico. Doctors initially said that he was in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday and was expected to survive. However, Camacho's condition worsened.

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"The situation with 'Macho' is very delicate," said Centro Medico director Dr. Ernesto Torres to reporters during a 7 a.m. media briefing on Wednesday. "The prognosis is not good."

Torres said that Camacho had decreased brain activity overnight.

The question, now, is whether Camacho will be taken off of life support. Camacho's friend and former manager Ismael Leandry said to the Associated Press that doctors were waiting for Camacho's mother, who was expected to arrive from the United States mainland on Wednesday morning at San Juan's Centro Medico, to make the decision.

Police are in the process of investigating the shooting, but at least one gunman is confirmed to have opened fire on Camacho as he sat in the passenger's side of a Ford Mustang outside of a bar with a friend, according to NBC Sports. The friend, identified as 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed. No arrests have been made and no motive has been disclosed.

After Camacho was shot, he was rushed to Centro Medico, the trauma centre in San Juan. The bullet struck him in the jaw, exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder, fracturing two vertebrae.

Camacho, who was born in Bayamón, won super-lightweight, lightweight and junior-welterweight world titles in the 1980s.His last title bout was his defeat by the then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997.

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