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Photo of the Day: Rita ‘La Guera’ Recovering Nicely

by on Nov.13, 2009, under Boxing News

Rita Figueroa with her cousin, Gary, as she recovers from  her ordeal (photo courtesy of Rita Figueroa)

Rita Figueroa with her cousin, Gary, as she recovers from her ordeal (photo courtesy of Rita Figueroa)

CHICAGO — Female boxer Rita “La Guera” Figueroa is now back home and recovering quite nicely, having undergone an emergency surgery following her bout with Kita Watkins on Friday. 

Figueroa had been knocked down in the bout, but rose, only to suffer a clash of heads, which arguably was the cause of the damage.  Following a close points loss, she retired to her dressing room where she became ill and, on the advice of a fast-thinking trainer, was taken to the UIC Medical Center.  A CT scan and surgery to repair a ruptured vein on the left side of her brain followed, and at roughly 2:15 AM, a crowded waiting room filled with 25 friends and relatives was informed that her operation had been a success. 

Figueroa spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit, where she became talkative, watched boxing on TV with her husband, Mike and dealt with massive headaches and trouble with her left eye. She has since returned home. 

We are grateful that Rita is doing better and wish her much joy and health.  God bless you, Rita!

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