Thursday 22 February 2018

Man who inspired ice bucket challenge back in hospital

Pete Frates, pictured with his wife and daughter in December 2016 (AP)
Pete Frates, pictured with his wife and daughter in December 2016 (AP)

The man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in hospital - and maintaining his sense of humour.

A Facebook post from the family of 32-year-old Pete Frates said he is resting comfortably at Massachusetts General Hospital and that "doctors, medicine, prayers and love continue to help him get stronger".

After some news outlets erroneously reported on Monday that he had died, Mr Frates responded by posting a 45-second video on Twitter showing him lying in a hospital bed while the Pearl Jam song Alive plays in the background.

Mr Frates' family said he had returned to the hospital and was "battling this beast ALS like a Superhero".

He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012. The disease weakens muscles and impairs physical functioning, and there is no known cure.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than 220 million dollars (£168 million) when it took off worldwide on social media in 2014.


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