6 Mar 2020

Monday, September 9, 2019, was supposed to be a night to remember for all the right reasons when the vacant WBC MuayThai super-welterweight world title was contested at a special, one off show, at Bangkok?s Lumpinee stadium.

Monday night is normally a night off for the stadium. On that particular Monday, the stadium played host to an International promotion, with one WBC MuayThai title contest and nine super-fights on the event.

But, what was meant to be a night of MuayThai celebration, turned into a tragic nightmare that did not become a knowledgeable reality until the day after.

New Zealand fighter Sy Leafa was matched to contest a super-bout on the undercard of the event, to open the show, for which the host of the event had prepared a ceremonial belt for the winner. This was to be Sy?s first pro MuayThai fight after he had 38 boxing and MMA contests under his belt.

The contest between Sy and his Thai opponent was stopped in the midst of the fourth round, on the advice of the ring side doctor, who was beckoned by the referee, who after giving Sy an eight-count after joe opponent landed an elbow, called the doctor to check a cut above the eye of Sy.

Once Sy was backstage, post-fight, he appeared the worse for wear, so immediately, he was transported to Bangkok?s Bhumibol Hospital, a 10-minute drive from the stadium.

In the aftermath, Sy has been operated on, on three occasions, to reduce the swelling and bleeding on his brain. He was in a medically induced coma from September 10th, until the middle of February, when miraculously after months of fighting, he is no longer in a coma, he is now breathing on his own.

Sy is a fighter and he needs our help. His close friends have stuck by him ? and others have too ? people who are not in his inner circle, but have human values and have visited him, prayed for him, cared for him, and communicated with his embassy, the New Zealand embassy in Bangkok, in order to help in any way they could. He has not been left alone, nor abandoned.

The plan now is to transport Sy back to Melbourne, his adopted home, where he can be permanently close to his nearest and dearest. He needs your help: any little donation will help with the final push to get him closer to his loved ones.

The medical team at Bhumibol Hospital must be commended for the caring work they have done with Sy since he was first admitted back in September. There are no winners in this tragic story. Let?s all come together to help Sy get home.

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