+Renowned theoretical physicist,Stephen Hawking, is well known for his work on black holes by discovering that black holes emit radiation. Hawking ,however, is most recognized for dealing with a disease known as ALS. ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as lou gehrig's disease due to him being the first recorder case of ALS) is a neurological disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. The death expectancy of a patient with ALS is between 2 to 5 years.
Stephen Hawking was attending oxford university when his ALS episode occurred. He was 21 years old when he was diagnosed and was not expected to see his 25th birthday. Even so he was able to beat the odds and even marry his ex wife Jane Hawking.
Doctors diagnose ALS by using an electromyogram which involves injecting a needle electrode through the patient's skin.
Current treatment for ALS involves therapy to alleviate the discomfort however there is no cure for lou Guerrig's disease. In recent years however, awaredness towards ALS has been amplified with numerous activities for charity that have propelled ALS research into a new height of potential treatment discoveries.
Stephen Hakingis currently working at cambridge university many years after his supposed prognoses of death before the age of 25.