A 16-year-old high school student has been declared brain dead after a boxing match in Iba, Zambales last Monday.
According to a report from GMA News, fourth year high school student Jonas Joshua Garcia of San Miguel, Bulacan competed at the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association meet last Monday when his nose bled on the first round of the match.
After initial checkup, the doctor on-duty cleared him to continue competing, but he complained of dizziness during the second round and was immediately rushed to the provincial hospital.
Garcia suffered blood clotting at the right side of his head from the blows he received from fight, and eventually went into coma.
His attending physician said Garcia is still "fighting," and that clinically, he is already brain dead. He also said he has pneumonia, but his blood pressure and respiration are okay.
Tonisito Umali, assistant secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), which sponsored the event, denied any negligence on their part, even saying their tournament boxing manager is a member of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines to ensure proper protocol is applied.
Garcia's family is considering to transfer him to a hospital in Manila.
In the meantime, all boxing events in the meet have been cancelled.