Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson prognosis shows nothing short of heartbreaking and devastating message as doctors had estimated his life-span to be a little more than 10 years after he was diagnosed with the disease.
The lionized boxer – who died on Friday (03.06.16) from septic shock at age 74 – received the disturbing prognosis by doctors with utmost courage and boldness.
Despite the crippling news – that he would not live beyond a decade – the legend chose the path of positive mindset which helped him beat the the condition and lived for another 32 years.
Ali’s close friend Tim Shanahan made a shocking revelation recently about Ali. According to Tim, Muhammad dealt with challenges with pride. He never felt sorry for himself, never the why me question. He’d tell me ‘Everyday God tests me and everyday I pass that test’, Tim said:
He added that Muhammad wanted to achieve so much he refused to let an opponent like Parkinson’s stand in his way.
Some years before his demise, he would ask Tim if he recalled 1986 when the UCLA doctors told him he had Parkinson’s and had only 10 years to live, maybe 15? And “Well, I am still in the fight 30 years on and I shook up the world again” would follow next.
He continued to fight back death even during his last final moment. After Ali’s organs failed, his daughter wrote in the tweet that his heart continued to beat for another 30 minutes: “A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!”
She added that in Ali’s final moments his children rounded him up. They held his once powerful hands, hugged and kissed him while chanting Islamic prayer. Some whispered in his ear.
“You can go now. We will be okay. We love you. Thank you. You can go back to God now.”
The man who considered himself “The Greatest” before the rest of the world cottoned on first reported his symptoms in 1980 – 10 weeks before his fight against Larry Holmes. He complained of a tingling sensation in his hands and found he was slurring his speech.
Doctors later discovered a small hole in the outer layer of Ali’s brain and alleged his career may have lead to the condition as the three-time heavyweight champion had sustained thousands of punches to his head during his career. Ali retired from boxing five years later but began a quest to raise awareness of the disease.
In a bid to help others in his situation, the celebrated boxer established the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997 and the initiative provides comprehensive care for those living with the condition.
Following his tragic death last week, Ali’s family have decided to hold a public funeral for him on Friday (10.06.16).
The family said they would carry out the funeral as directed by the legend while he was still alive. Muhammad Ali began crafting details of his own funeral more than a decade ago. He penned that he would love an open and inclusive service, a family spokesman said Tuesday.
According to the legend:
“This is what I would like to see, this is the type of program that I would like to see, that is inclusive of everyone, where we give as many people an opportunity that want to pay their respects to me.”
Ali also said it was important that the memorials be conducted in the Muslim tradition, Gunnell said.