American boxing legend, Muhammad Ali is reportedly in critical health condition as he battles respiratory problem.
Ali was hospitalized in Phoenix, Arizona area with his family already by his side as they ‘fear the worst’ with the boxer currently lying in intensive care, The Daily Mirror reports.
The 74-year-old former heavyweight champ has been suffering several illnesses since his retirement in 1981 – most notably battling Parkinson’s disease for three decades – and was hospitalized for a severe urinary tract infection in early 2015.
A spokesperson for the family Bob Gunnell, said on Thursday that Ali was in ‘fair’ condition. ‘He is being treated by his team of doctors and is in fair condition,’ Gunnell was quoted as saying. ‘A brief hospital stay is expected. At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy.’
New reports today however claim four of Ali’s nine children, including daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum have flown in to be by his bedside as doctors continue to fight the boxing icon’s breathing difficulty.
‘Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward,’ another source is quoted to have said today. ‘Doctors are working to regulate his breathing but it is being hampered by his Parkinson’s.’
‘His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst.
‘Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared,’ Mirror reports.