Girlboxing received an email from John M. Phillips the attorney for Ishika Lay and her family. As you may recall, Ishika collapsed during a boxing match on October 4th at the recent 2011 PAL Championships. She has been in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital since her collapse.
While there is some cause for cautious optimism, the family has asked that we all keep Ishika in our thoughts and prayers. The update is as follows:
The family continues to appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers. Ishika is still in intensive care, but has had remarkable signs of recovery over the past few days. She is breathing on her own, moving her arms and legs some and is showing great signs of improvement. Please join me and continue to keep this inspirational young lady in your thoughts and prayers.
It is believed that Ishika suffered from second-impact syndrome, which is where the brain suffers two traumas in a short period of time and is often fatal. The second trauma is often insignificant, but leads to the most dire consequences. Head injuries have been taken lightly for far too long and the long term effects are devastating.
As a side note, we are in the process of scheduling a head injury awareness day and provide free medical directives and living wills, so people can be better prepared to deal with the consequences of an unexpected debilitating injury. Donations will be accepted to benefit Ishika Lay.