Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, was hospitalized in Russia and placed into a medically induced coma earlier this month following complications from pneumonia. Abdulmanap had initially refused a coronavirus test, but his condition became progressively worse, and he was placed in a military hospital. Now, Khabib has stated that his father’s condition was caused by complications from COVID-19.
The fighter took to Instagram to explain the situation, which follows news that his father had since awoken from the coma. In a translation provided by Russian news outlet RT, Khabib said, “A lot has been written about my father on the Internet... He’s in the hospital now, he’s in a very serious condition. He had heart complications stemming from the virus. This virus has very seriously affected his heart, since he had a heart operation a year ago… He’s had surgery again. He’s in a difficult situation, very difficult... We ask Allah to return him to us. Thank you very much to everyone who writes, who sends their support.”
Khabib also shared how the virus has affected his other family members and the loved ones of his friends.
“Personally, I’ve had more than twenty relatives — I don’t mean people I know, I mean close relatives — who have been in intensive care... Many people I know have died, the parents of people close to me... This virus has affected everyone. This virus doesn’t ask what your surname or name is. This virus doesn’t ask where you work, if you are rich or poor. Everyone has got ill. We can only overcome this together.”