Friday, junior middleweight boxer Omar Henry died after a short battle with stage 4 gall bladder cancer; the 25-year-old had been admitted at the University of Chicago Hospital for the last few months for treatment. Omar Henry was a professional boxer and had a record of 12-0-1. He recently posted a note on his Facebook page about living to see his 26th birthday, but that didn’t happen. His birthday is Feb. 8.
In early November, Henry doubled over with abdominal pain and was rushed to the hospital. He was told he had severe gallstones and that his liver was enlarged. He found out later that he had stage 4 gallbladder cancer. He was forced with withdraw from his first televised Nov. 16 fight that would have appeared on Showtime.
After that first visit to the hospital, Henry said:
My liver was so swollen that the doctor asked me if I had been in a car accident. When I told him I had not been in a car accident, he told me that I was very lucky to have not participated in a boxing match in this condition. He said I could have easily ruptured my liver if I entered the ring at this time.
Looking back, I guess there were symptoms back in California (where he had been training), but when you're in training there are always aches and pains that you try to ignore. As disappointed as I am right now, it does help that the doctors said I would have risked my life had I not learned about my ailments.
Henry, 60-5 as an amateur, and he turned pro in 2008, according to ESPN. He was strong and packed a powerful punch. In 2009, Henry was on ESPN’s top-25 prospect list for the year.
Omar Henry was interviewed in December and he said:
Life and death has never come so close, especially since I was so close to the top of my career. … Now, I could literally be dead tomorrow. … God has a purpose and we can't question God.
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Sources: ESPN and MSN
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