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Camacho to be taken off life support

February 19. 2013 6:50PM
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hector Macho Camacho will be taken off life support, his mother said Friday night, indicating she would have doctors do that today. It was a decision the former championship boxer's eldest son opposed.

The boxer's mother, Maria Matias, told reporters outside the hospital where Camacho lay unconscious since being shot in the face that she had decided doctors should remove life support, but only after three of his sons arrived in Puerto Rico early Saturday and had a chance to see him a last time.

I lost my son three days ago. He's alive only because of a machine, Matias said. My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him, she added.

The three other sons were expected to arrive from the U.S. mainland around midnight Friday. Until they arrive, we will not disconnect the machine, Matias said.

Another news conference was scheduled for this morning at Centro Medico, the main trauma center for San Juan.

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