Jan 4, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
Not something you want to hear to end your week, or anytime really. A leading neurologist in the Philippines said on Thursday that he has observed early signs of Parkinson’s disease from Manny Pacquiao. According to ABS-CBN News, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said in a radio interview that he has seen evidence that includes stuttering and hand twitching from Pacquiao, which are among early signs of Parkinson’s.
Jimenez hasn’t actually treated Pacquiao, but made his observations after seeing the boxer in post-fight interviews. A translation, via Bad Left Hook:
“Even though his reflexes are quick, I noticed the movement – it’s just another view, my personal view – but it seems like there are early signs. There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It’s in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven’t seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs.”
Another doctor “expressed alarm” over reports that Pacquiao allegedly had a slight seizure after being knocked out in his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Dr. Raquel Fortun is “not convinced” by the CT scan results from Pacquiao’s post-fight exam. “When the brain gets shook like that, it’s very dangerous. Since it’s not truly fixed to you skull, when your brain gets shaken, there are connections that get cut off, and you get small hemorrhages.”
The forensics expert said that severe head trauma could lead to Alzheimer’s disease or a form of dementia that worsens over time.
Pacquiao’s wife and mother have already said that they want him to give up the sport, which would make sense considering his political career and the fact that he’s already the biggest celebrity in the Philippines. But for some reason — and I’m convinced that it’s not all about the money — it seems to be hard for people who get punched for a living to simply walk away.
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