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Waianae boxer makes big strides in recovery from coma

Kalae McShane and his father, Shane Kalae McShane and his father, Shane
Kalae McShane Kalae McShane
Shane McShane Shane McShane
WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

When he straps on boxing gloves, Kalae McShane seems to reclaim another slice of territory that sickness stole from him.

"Every day I wake up I thank the Lord. Every night when I sleep I thank the Lord," he said.

Last August in Thailand, Kalae collapsed.  A blood clot in his brain kept the Waianae boxer in a coma for two months. He said it "felt like a bad dream."

His family fought to bring him home. He was admitted into the Queen's Medical Center.  In October Kalae opened his eyes. Movement returned gradually, first a finger then a hand.  Since then his rehabilitation has been on fast forward.

"He can basically do everything," said his father, Shane.  "He can hit the speed bag, punch mitts. Right now he can walk. He just needs a little assist. He'll definitely be walking and running very soon."

Kalae's going through physical, occupational and speech therapy.  He's driven by a vision. 

"Oh, I miss boxing a lot," he said.  "I imagine boxing for a world title one day."

Kalae turned 23 on Tuesday.  He's been boxing since he was eleven.  He has won medals and trophies and championships. His father calls Kalae a "true champion."

"He definitely beat all odds and he'll continue to beat them," Shane McShane said.

When he was in a coma, doctors didn't give Kalae much of a chance. Now he's getting the upper hand on his illness. He knows younger fighters are following his recovery and he wants his life to be a lesson for them.

"Put God first. Just strive forward. Fight the fight," he said.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., Tribal War Events, Five-O Boxing and Star Elite Cage Fighting will hold a fundraiser at Roosevelt High School's gym. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door. All proceeds will help the McShane's with Kalae's medical bills.

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