Mixed martial artist Shane Del Rosario is on life support but has "no brain activity remaining" after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at his home Tuesday morning.
The 30-year-old Del Rosario has not yet shown activity in his brain following a procedure Wednesday at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif.. Doctors modulated the heavyweight's body temperature near 90s degrees using an Arctic Sun Temperature Management System, in hopes of inducing therapeutic hypothermia before jump-starting body and brain functions.
Doctors are expected to make the final decision about keeping Del Rosario on life support on Friday morning, but "for all intents and purposes it is over," said Colin Oyama, the fighter's longtime trainer, who texted from the hospital, where he joined members of the Del Rosario family.
"There is no brain activity remaining," Oyama said. "The family has chosen for him to go in a dignified fashion and not on a machine."
Del Rosario was clinging to life as of Friday evening and doctors believe he might suffer from a rare heart condition, his manager, Jason House, revealed on Twitter.
Shane continues to cling to life at Hoag hospital in Newport Beach, CA. After arriving at (cont) http://t.co/JBQ1ZEfxYE
— Jason House (@IridiumSports) November 29, 2013
According to Oyama, doctors suggested that family and friends give their goodbyes Thursday.
On Wednesday evening, Del Rosario's organs were slowly coming back online, as his core body temperature was raised back near normal "in hopes that his brain will activate after approximately 15-24 hours," Oyama said. That has not happened.
"The final decision is tomorrow, but unless something crazy happens the machines will be turned off," Oyama said Thursday evening, reaffirming that Del Rosario has not officially died.
Oyama said Del Rosario's roommate and teammate, UFC-signed flyweight Ian McCall, found the heavyweight Tuesday morning, unconscious on the floor. McCall called 911 and administered CPR.
According to a statement released by Del Rosario's family and doctors on Wednesday, he suffered a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse and was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. Del Rosario was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure, but subsequent treatments did little to improve his condition.
Del Rosario was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. After graduating from the University of California-Irvine, he opted for fighting over pursuing an advanced degree. Under Oyama's tutelage, Del Rosario stopped the first 11 fighters he faced in MMA competition before being badly injured in April 2011 when a drunken driver struck his car from behind.
During a 14-month absence, herniated disks prompted contemplation of retirement and returning to school. Del Rosario fought on and entered the UFC in May 2012, only to get stopped by Stipe Miocic. That was followed by a knockout loss last December to Pat Barry. Del Rosario was scheduled to fight at UFC 168 in Las Vegas; however, on Friday the UFC announced that he could not fight Carlos Augusto Filho due to injury.
According to Oyama, Del Rosario was injured cartilage between his ribs a couple of weeks ago and would be unable to recover in time to fight Dec. 28.