After a harrowing medical ordeal, Angela Magana has released a video statement thanking fans and well-wishers for showing their concern while the ex-UFC fighter spent two days in a coma.
Former UFC and RIZIN FF fighter Angela Magana spent two days in a coma earlier this week, following complications from anesthesia during a procedure taken to correct a back injury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the fighter resides. Thankfully, Thursday morning, Magana emerged from the coma, and has now released a video statement thanking well-wishers who sent messages of support during her ordeal.
Magana (11–10) was supposed to have been fighting at next week’s Combate Americas: Reinas event, taking on Kyra Batara. It was Magana’s promotional debut. Instead, a back injury (herniated disk) led to her attending hospital in San Juan. After receiving a nerve block, complications arose and she was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES). While the surgery was reportedly successful, Magana did not wake up as planned after the surgery, and was in a coma roughly two days. During that time, her team, including coach Gabriel Lamastus, provided updates via social media.
Funny story coming out of my anesthesia. I was screaming, yelling,grabbing, trying to punch & kick and MMA everyone, telling them "you fucked me up, you were the one who fucked me up!
I specifically asked for everything to be recorded apparently I flipped when camera came out…
— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 19, 2019
In the video, posted to Youtube (you can view it above), Magana says that “I still feel very tired, like I can barely open my eyes. But thank you everybody for thinking about me. I feel like I’m a very rich woman because I have a lot of time. Well, look what happened. I almost lost all my time. But to take time to wish somebody well, what do we with time? We make money. So time’s more valuable than money.”
“Thank you to everybody who took the time to wish me well. I’m going to make a full recovery,” she added, before going on to say that the issue was with anesthesia, and that the surgery itself went great.
In a subsequent twitter post, she added that when she did come to, she was “screaming, yelling, grabbing, trying to punch & kick and MMA everyone” while still disoriented.