JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 34 year-old Jacksonville boxer is suing the coaches and chiropractors who trained and treated her throughout her career, which is now over.
Ishiki Lay suffered severe brain injuries during an Olympic qualifying match in 2012, just ten days after she suffered a concussion during practice with a male boxer.
Her longtime friend Kim Mahafy told our partner Action News that Lay's brain injuries will likely never go away, but the fact that she woke up from a coma is a miracle.
"She has come through so much. She's not hooked up to tubes. She's not hooked up to machines anymore. But her brain is now there...The degree of the debilitating problems that she has now that probably will never go away," she said.
Lay's attorney, John Phillips, says her coaches and chiropractors are ultimately responsible for her condition. He says one of her doctors just put ice on her head, and her chiropractor gave her hydrocodone. He says doctors prescribe pills not chiropractors.
"She can't cook for herself. She can't take care of herself," Phillips said.
The lawsuit is seeking millions of dollars in damages. Phillips is also planning to file a lawsuit against the gym Headstrong which initially allowed Lay to get in the ring with a male boxer.