João Carvalho, who took part in Total Extreme Fighting 1 in Dublin on Sunday night has sadly passed away in hospital following being addmitted to hospital following a TKO loss to Charlie Ward.
It was reported that Carvalho became “very ill” 20 minutes following the fight after being checked out by doctors a second time and was taken to hospital.
Following his addmission into hospital, TEF chief executive Cesar Silva released the following status.
“Our thoughts are with Joao Carvalho, his family and Team Nobrega. Joao’s welfare is our primary focus at this moment in time but we will update you on Joao’s condition as it becomes clearer although he is in a very serious condition having felt unwell after the fight. If you could respect Joao Carvalho and Team Nobrega’s privacy at this time, it would be greatly appreciated.”
Silva said their chief focus was Carvalho’s recovery, but said that all safety precautions had been taken at the event.
“Joao’s welfare is our primary concern at this moment in time,” Silva told the Irish Daily Star.
“[The] fight was SAFE MMA approved, with three doctors and paramedics present.
“Their presence and adhering to SAFE MMA regulations ensured that the seriousness of Joao’s condition was recognised and swift action taken and we are thankful for their help.
“Serious injuries like this are rare worldwide in MMA but it’s important that every possible precaution is taken to ensure every competitor’s welfare.”
However, on Monday evening at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Carvalho passed away. Here is an announcement from his team on Facebook.
A Nobrega Team vem desta forma confirmar o falecimento do seu atleta Joao Carvalho, que ocorreu ontem à noite no Hospital Beaumont, em Dublin, pelas 21:35 horas. É com grande consternação e tristeza que escrevemos estas palavras, informando que o óbito do atleta João Carvalho aconteceu depois de 48 horas em estado crítico.
Durante o evento TEF-MMA, que decorreu no sábado, no National Boxing Stadium em Dublin, onde foram cumpridas todas as regras de segurança, e após um combate onde a arbitragem seguiu todos os procedimentos corretos e habituais, o atleta João “Rafeiro” Carvalho sentiu-se mal, cerca de 20 minutos depois do final do combate.
Ainda no local foi imediatamente assistido pela equipa médica presente, sendo depois transportado rapidamente para o Hospital Beaumont, onde foi submetido a uma intervenção cirúrgica cerebral, após a qual o atleta permaneceu em estado crítico durante as 48 horas seguintes, acabando por falecer nesta segunda-feira as 21:35 horas.
Apesar do permanente acompanhamento médico que teve por parte da organização do evento e do hospital irlandês, a quem agradecemos todo o apoio prestado nestes momentos difíceis, e embora sejam conhecidos os riscos deste desporto, o falecimento de João Carvalho no meu ponto de vista profissional foi uma enorme infelicidade, que deixa profundamente tristes e consternados, tanto a sua família, como toda a equipa Nóbrega Team, que sempre acompanharam o João Carvalho ao longo da sua carreira, em que ele se vinha destacando a nível nacional e internacional.
É pois com muito pesar que apresentamos as nossas sinceras condolências à famíli e a toda a equipa Nobrega Team.
An English translation can be found below.
The Nobrega Team can confirm the death of their athlete Joao Carvalho, held last night at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by 21:35 hours. It is with great dismay and sadness that we write these words, saying that the death of the athlete João Carvalho happened after 48 hours in critical condition.
During the TEF-MMA event, held on Saturday at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, where all safety rules are met, and after a match where the arbitration followed all the correct procedures and customary, the athlete João “Shaggy Dog” Carvalho he felt bad, about 20 minutes after the end of combat.
Also on site was immediately assisted by the medical team present, and then quickly transported to the Hospital Beaumont, where he underwent a brain surgery, after which the athlete remained in critical condition during the next 48 hours, finally died this Monday! Friday the 21:35 hours.
Despite the ongoing medical care that was by the event and the Irish hospital organization, and we thank them all for their support in these difficult times, and although the risks of this sport are known, the death of João Carvalho in my professional view was a huge misfortune that leaves deeply saddened and dismayed, both your family, like all Nobrega team, who always accompanied João Carvalho throughout his career, where he was highlighting the national and international levels.
It is with much regret that we present our sincere condolences to FAMILY and all Nobrega Team.
TEF MMA has now responded to the news:
“Condolences to the family of João Carvalho
The TEF Team are deeply saddened by the news of João Carvalho’s death. Last night 11th of April, mixed martial artist João Carvalho passed away after 2 days of the best medical care and treatment in Beaumont Hospital following his three round TKO stoppage defeat on Saturday 9th April at the National Stadium in Dublin.
Following the referee stoppage João, who was representing Portuguese club Team Nobrega, was assessed by doctors and medical staff at the onsite medical office as per normal procedure. It was determined that he should be sent to hospital. In hospital he received emergency treatment and transferred to ICU later that evening. Formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. João was 28 years of age.
Cesar Silva, CEO of TEF said “We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João Carvalho’s and his teammates in Team Nobrega. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We’d also like to thank all sports fans for their concern and support. We will give whatever support we can to Joao’s family.”
“We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”
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