Emily Klinefelter “95-97 percent”

BY JON FRANK | FEBRUARY 09, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City boxer Emily Klinefelter is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a burst blood vessel in her brain Feb. 5.

The 26-year-old was taken by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after being knocked unconscious during a fight against Christina Ruiz. The fight ended in the third round after Klinefelter fell for a third time and did not respond to the referee’s 10 count.

The UI alumna underwent surgery that night to release pressure in her brain.

Although she has not been released from the hospital, she has shown signs of coherence and is “95-97 percent,” said her mother, Cynthia Parsons.

“Emily is doing wonderfully well and is continuing to improve each day,” Parsons wrote in an e-mail. “The doctors’ prognosis for a full recovery remains in effect.”

Parsons said that Klinefelter still has some swelling and spends the majority of her time asleep.

As of now, visitors are restricted to family members, but well-wishers are encouraged to message the fighter through e-mail.

“Thank God we were in Iowa City,” Parsons said. “She has heard from so many people. She has lots of support out there.”

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