Scots boxer Mike Towell suffered 'unsurvivable injury'
A&E consultant tells inquiry he was surprised and disappointed surgery didn't take place.
An A&E consultant was told Scottish boxer Mike Towell suffered an "unsurvivable injury", an inquiry has heard.
Ryan Connelly, 37, said Towell was "profoundly unconscious" when he arrived at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and was given an emergency CT scan.
He said he left the scan to phone a surgeon because "if anything was going to save his life it would be immediate neurosurgery".
Towell, from Dundee, died of a bleed on the brain the day after he lost a bout in the fifth round to Welsh fighter Dale Evans on September 29, 2016.
'Iron Mike', a 25-year-old welterweight, collapsed after his loss to Evans in the British title eliminator at Glasgow's St Andrews Sporting Club.
He was taken to hospital and Mr Connelly said he was told "it was an unsurvivable injury and would not be amenable to neurosurgery".
The emergency medicine doctor said he was quite surprised and disappointed they felt they couldn't operate.
He said he pushed for Towell to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital'sneurosurgery intensive care unit.
'I could see the scan myself, I was very quickly aware he had a significant injury to his brain'Ryan Connelly
Dr Christopher Greenhalgh also gave evidence that he tended to Towell immediately after he collapsed in the ring, and travelled with him to hospital.
He told how he entered the ring with Dr Ronald Sydney after the fight stopped to assess Towell.
He said the boxer was conscious and initially obeyed instructions.
Dr Greenhalgh said Towell's head hung, he became unsteady and his speech incoherent and when they lay him on the floor, he didn't respond and fell unconscious.
Mr Connelly said when the boxer arrived at hospital with the two doctors he was "profoundly unconscious" and didn't open his eyes when they tried to stimulate through mild pain.
The inquiry heard he quickly decided to anaesthetise him and give him brain scan.
He said: "I could see the scan myself, I was very quickly aware he had a significant injury to his brain."
The inquiry before Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull continues.