Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Buff Bagwell medical update




















By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Professional wrestler
Marcus "Buff" Bagwell
may have suffered a seizure
just before he was seriously injured
when he flipped his Jeep,
according to a police report
obtained by
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bagwell remained in intensive care Wednesday
with several broken bones
in his neck,face and jaw
two days after the Cherokee County wreck,
Ron Gossett,
president of Universal Championship Wrestling,
told the AJC.

Bagwell,42,
was northbound on Buckhead Crossing
around 1:35 p.m.
Monday when he called his wife to tell her
he was going to have a seizure,
the Woodstock police report states.

He then turned left
onto Running Deer Parkway,
where his 2005 Jeep Wrangler
hit the curb for several hundred feet,
according to police.

Investigators believe Bagwell,
who lives in Woodstock with his wife,
then made a sharp left turn
that caused his Jeep to spin
across the raised median and roll over,
police said.

Bagwell was transported by ambulance
to WellStar Kennestone Hospital,Marietta,
where he remains sedated
due to the extent of his injuries,
Gossett said Wednesday.

"Hopefully,he'll make a full recovery,"
Gossett said.

Bagwell opened his eyes briefly Wednesday
and has moved his hands and feet,
but the extent of his injuries
is still not known,
Gossett said.
The wrestler may undergo surgery
by the end of the week.

Bagwell,
a Cobb County native,
attended Sprayberry High School
before his wrestling career began.
He is best known for his tenure
with World Championship Wrestling
from 1991 until 2001,
when he was a five-time
World Tag Team Champion.

Bagwell suffered a broken neck
wrestling in 1998
but was later able to return
to the ring
in less than a year.

Universal Championship Wrestling,
formed nine years ago,
is patterned after the old WCW,
Gossett said.
The UCW recently signed a deal
for television coverage on SportSouth,
he said.

"He's one of the main guys on our show,"
Gossett said of Bagwell.

Only family members are currently allowed
to visit Bagwell at the hospital,
Gossett said.
Fans,including other wrestlers,
used Twitter to send get-well messages.
https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/buffbagwell

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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