What ALS Lessons Can Stephen Hawking Teach Us?

About two out of every 100,000 persons are afflicted by ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dr. Tawfiq Lahham, a neurologist from Orlando Health Physicians Neurology Group who specializes in neuromuscular illnesses, said of Stephen Hawking: “Stephen Hawking was utterly amazing in many respects.”

At age 21, the physicist from Cambridge University received an ALS diagnosis. Dr. Lahham claims that “we do not generally see this appear in persons that young.” The typical onset age is around 60 years old. Similar to other neurodegenerative diseases, the etiology of this disorder is unclear, and only 10% to 15% of cases are hereditarily linked. It is challenging to stop the sickness from becoming worse when you don’t know what is causing it.

A typical diagnosis from the doctors was that Hawking had only a few years to live. According to Dr. Lahham, the average life expectancy is between three and five years after the beginning of symptoms, although she adds that every case is unique. Numerous clinical experiments have been conducted, but none of them have succeeded in finding a treatment that would either stop or reverse the condition.