Swelling in Johnson's Brain Reduces

Swelling in Johnson's Brain Reduces

Post by Paul Dalrympl » Sat, 04 Dec 1999 04:00:00

Slight improvement seen in comatose fighter's brain

The Associated Press
12/02/99 8:43 PM Eastern

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A CAT scan performed on comatose boxer Stephan
Johnson showed some reduction in the amount of brain swelling, his manager
said Thursday.

"It's the first time I've smiled since the fight," Kenneth Woods said.

But Johnson remains in critical condition with injuries sustained in a Nov.
20 knockout by Paul Vaden. He is being treated at Atlantic City Medical
Center, but hospital officials are not releasing information about him, at
the request of his mother.

Johnson, 31, of Brooklyn, suffered a brain injury in the fight. He hasn't
regained consciousness since. He contracted pneumonia over the Thanksgiving
weekend and has a fever, Woods said.