A boxer left fighting for life after suffering a serious brain injury during a bout in Sheffield has come out of his coma and has been speaking to his family and friends.
Jerome Wilson, aged 29, was knocked unconscious during a fight with Serge Ambomo at iceSheffield earlier this month.
He underwent emergency surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma to allow his brain time to heal.
But he has now been brought out of the coma and relatives, who have maintained a bedside vigil since the boxer’s admission to hospital, say there are signs of improvement.
Last night, his boxing pal Dave Coldwell tweeted: “Can’t believe I’ve just had a conversation wit @WipeoutWilson. So proud of this warrior. Making unbelievable progress today!”
Medics do not yet know the full extent of the damage, but his brother Marvin, 28, who was ringside when Jerome was floored, said there is hope.
Jerome, from Arbourthorne, has been removed from the ‘critical’ list at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital but remains in a high-dependency unit.
“He is getting stronger day by day,” he said.
“We still don’t know 100% what the outcome will be but he is improving.
“It is a waiting game but when he first started to come round only one side of his body was moving, but now there is movement on both sides.
“The doctors are shocked by the progress he has made.
“I have always tried to keep positive and the main thing is that he is still alive. With the progress he has made I am confident for the future but we know there will be a long road ahead with all the rehab he will need.
“We don’t know whether his memory will be affected and whether he will need to learn how to walk again for example, but things are moving in the right direction.”
A Jerome Wilson Rehabilitation Fund has been opened a Barclays Bank.