MANILA -- The 16-year-old high school student who went into comatose for days after a boxing match has died, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced.
“DepEd is deeply saddened by the loss of Jonas Joshua Garcia. We may not fully know why sad things like this happen, however, we hope that it will help for the family of Jonas to know that in this time of sorrow, their extended DepEd family cares and that our thoughts and prayers shall always be with them forever,” Assistant Education Secretary Tonisito Umali said in a statement.
According to initial reports, Garcia was competing in a boxing match at the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association meet when he complained of dizziness at the second round of the match.
The boxing match was sanctioned by the DepEd.
The fight was immediately stopped and Garcia was rushed to the provincial hospital. The admitting physician said Garcia suffered internal hemorrhage and slipped into coma.
The organizers of the athletic meet and the tournament manager denied any negligence on their part and claimed it was an accident.
The Bulacan team has withdrawn all 10 amateur boxers from the tournament. The team will also recommend to the DepEd superintendent to abolish all combative sports such as boxing, taekwondo and arnis in future athletic events of DepEd.