Jeff Monson shares unsettling details about his trip to a Russian HospitalPosted on November 29, 2011, 03:40 PM by Joey Santosus
"After the fight I had a choice of two hospitals. One for everyday folks and one for visitors and government officials. I picked the local everyday folk hospital as I was told it was closer to the arena. I’m obviously not a big fan of the medical industrial complex in the US, as it is profit driven, however, the experience at this hospital did make me appreciate the comfort of health care in this country.
Upon arrival there were ER staff smoking in the lobby. The hallways were full of wandering patients that looked like they were just out of a civil war battle. I had to fight with one of the doctors to avoid having my skull x-rayed. Eventually I got an x-ray for my leg which showed it was broken (something I already knew) and had it casted. I got 16 stitches on the inside and outside of my lip with a material that could of passed for chicken wire. It was so sharp it was making my gums bleed so I took them out myself. Saying that, the doctors were very kind and despite the inadequate medical equipment/supplies they knew what they were doing." - For more from Jeff Monson, visit MMA-Connection.com
Following Jeff Monson's lopsided unanimous decision loss to Fedor Emelianenko in Moscow, Russia, "The Snowman" sought medical treatment in what sounds like something straight out of a Rob Zombie flick. According to Monson, in addition to having to fend off unnecessary procedures, he was stitched up with something comparable to "chicken wire," and treated to a steady stream of second hand cigarette smoke courtesy of the hospital staff.
Monson (43-13) extended his winning streak to seven in 2011 before coming up short against top Heavyweight prospect Daniel Cormier in his Strikeforce debut. The ATT product then rebounded with a submission win in Birmingham, England, but with his subsequent loss to Emelianenko, he falls to 1-2 in his last three outings. Though it is unclear what may be next for the veteran, he promises to train hard to win his next fight and says he's looking forward to spending more time in Russia in the Spring.
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