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    Default Stephen Hawking - How does he stay Alive?

    Stephen Hawking is about 74 years old. He has early-onset ALS and I think it was diagnosed when he was 21 years old.

    He should have been dead a long time ago.

    I understand how he communicates, basically, with a single cheek muscle. But what keeps him alive? Do they put him in an oxygen chamber at night? Or do they use the Darth Vader method?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanton Moore View Post
    I did google it. I came up with the same link at the top of the search results. And if you had read the page it links to you would have found out that it doesn't answer my question.
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    He's learned to convert stupidity into life energy. His minions grab the average citizen once a month and bring them to a lab. Once there the victim is hooked up to a machine that feeds them their regular diet of top 40 music, reality tv, and celebrity news and the essence of their stupidity, now converted into an invigorating liquid, is transferred into Steven via his wheelchair. The withered husk of the victims is then sold to McDonalds to be processed as chicken McNuggets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Population: 1 View Post
    He's learned to convert stupidity into life energy. His minions grab the average citizen once a month and bring them to a lab. Once there the victim is hooked up to a machine that feeds them their regular diet of top 40 music, reality tv, and celebrity news and the essence of their stupidity, now converted into an invigorating liquid, is transferred into Steven via his wheelchair.
    That of course would be an average British citizen. But I'm just having a hard time believing you unless you state that aliens are abducting humans to keep Hawking alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    That of course would be an average British citizen. But I'm just having a hard time believing you unless you state that aliens are abducting humans to keep Hawking alive.
    If I admitted to alien involvement they'd sell me to McDonald's and I'd be Nuggetized. Duh. Oh shit!
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    It does seem remarkable. Does anyone have the stats on the average life expectancy of someone with ALS? I'm guessing that he has a strong will to live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    I did google it. I came up with the same link at the top of the search results. And if you had read the page it links to you would have found out that it doesn't answer my question.
    Yes it does. Try reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanton Moore View Post
    Yes it does. Try reading it.
    The author is speculating. And he says outright that he has not done an exam on Hawking. He speculates on the basis that some ALS victims are spared the entire effects of the disease on the respiratory system and swallowing. But he doesn't know if that's the case with Hawking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal12345 View Post
    The author is speculating. And he says outright that he has not done an exam on Hawking. He speculates on the basis that some ALS victims are spared the entire effects of the disease on the respiratory system and swallowing. But he doesn't know if that's the case with Hawking.
    SH's doctors don't know either. How would they? Think about it. Think hard.

    How would they find out exactly how he is still alive?

    Even an autopsy wouldn't tell them.

    But of course, if you don't get the exact answer to your questions, the natural next step is obviously to go on an anonymous message board for advice.

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