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Cabanas speaks to family members

Cabanas speaks to family members

Doctors treating Paraguay football star Salvador Cabanas say he has spoken to family members, the best sign of a possible recovery since he was shot in the head on Monday in a Mexico City bar.
Doctors at Angeles del Pedregal Hospital said on Saturday they had lowered Cabanas' sedation level. Dr. Ernesto Martinez said Cabanas had spoken with and recognized family members and officials from his Mexico City club, America.
Cabanas, the star of Paraguay and Club America, was shot in the head at point-blank range. The prime suspect in the case, Jose J. Balderas Garza, was identified on a surveillance camera but has not been reported detained.
Martinez said the 29-year-old Cabanas spoke in Spanish and Guarani, the two official languages of Paraguay, and was moving limbs.
"He is with us, but we can't say there are still not risks," said Martinez, who was part of a surgical team that tried to remove the bullet lodged in Cabanas' skull but decided it was too risky.
"There are still many risks _ infection, bleeding _ but the situation is very favorable. We're happy. He speaks perfectly, even speaking Guarani to doctors from Paraguay and his family."
Martinez said Cabanas has no memory of what happened. He said despite the good news on Saturday, it was too early to say if he might come out of intensive care. He said it was impossible to know if Cabanas would be able to play again.
"We don't know yet, but there do not appear to be problems with his primary functions, though this is not the moment we can know that or evaluate it."
Martinez said he was surprised by Cabanas' sudden progress on Saturday. He said 80 percent of victims die who have a gunshot wound like Cabanas.
Paraguay President Fernando Lugo on Friday said he had talked with his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon, who promised progress on the Cabanas case. Cabanas' agent on Friday said he was upset that the main suspect had not been arrested.
The main suspect, Balderas Garza, has been described as a wealthy businessman from northern Mexico. Reports say he owns 10 luxury cars and four homes. Regions of northern Mexico have been cradles of Mexico's drug lords, although Mexican authorities have not said the shooting was drug related.
Widespread reports have suggested that the shooting just before dawn followed an argument in which Balderas Garza told Cabanas he had not been scoring enough goals for Club America.
Cabanas has played in Mexico since 2003. He was expected to lead Paraguay at the World Cup in South Africa, which opens on June. 11.
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AP Sports Writer Stephen Wade in Mexico City contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-06 20:52 GMT+08:00