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Top teenage boxer battling dengue fever after Commonwealth Youth Games

Top teenage boxer battling dengue fever after Commonwealth Youth Games

A Scottish boxer who won gold at last week's Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa has contracted dengue fever.

John Docherty, 17, from Montrose, won the main prize in the 70kg boxing category at the games in Apia.

The Byron Boxing Club fighter travelled over to the competition as part of Team Scotland without getting his medical inoculations after a late call to join the squad.

His father, Frank, confirmed that John, who trains with the Aberdeen club despite living in Angus, had felt unwell upon returning home, but initially attributed it to jet lag.

However, his condition worsened and he was subsequently diagnosed with dengue fever, a debilitating viral disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and causes sudden fever and acute pains in the joints.

John has spent this week in Dundee's Ninewells Hospital on a drip but his father has now been told he is on the mend.

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Frank said: "He was in a bad way at the weekend and, of course, it was worrying for everybody.

"John kept being sick, he was in pain and none of us knew what was wrong. We had hardly even heard of dengue fever.

"He never got his jags before he left for Samoa, but, by the time he was called up, they probably wouldn't have made any difference anyway.

"Thankfully, he is much, much better than he was on Monday and he has taken some solid food today. Hopefully he will be out of hospital soon because we didn't really have time to celebrate his success before this happened.

"It was such a long flight home that we thought he had picked up a virus on the journey but it has been a bit more than that."

It's expected that John will be allowed home within the next few days.

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