Featherweight Daniel Franco, who has been in a medically-induced coma a little more than a week, has not only awoken from his coma, but has made progress and is responsive.
Al Franco, Daniel's father, said the injured boxer is starting to breathe on his own and was moved out of an intensive care unit and back to a regular in the hospital that he's currently staying.
"Daniel had his breathing tube removed and is breathing on his own," Al Franco said. "They added an IV to his carotid artery in his neck and removed all other IVs. He's progressing well and it's all thanks to the great doctors and you all. Thank you all for your prayers. Daniel was moved out of intensive care unit and into a regular room. He's responding well and is becoming more alert... He gave us two thumbs up when asked if he could hear us. We asked him to wink once for yes and twice for no. He followed instructions and is aware of what is going on. He's moving slowly which may be due to the sedatives, he's on but he is improving. He is good for a few minutes, then goes to sleep again."
According to Al Franco, the boxer is speaking again and that he could return to his California home within two months. Al said he’s estimating medical bills before all is said and done at about $2 million. He created a Go Fund Me page that has already raised more than $40,000.
On June 10, Daniel Franco was knocked out in the eighth round of a CBS Sports Network-televised card and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after the fight with Jose Haro. Franco is a former USBA featherweight champion.