Originally Posted by Jelena
ALS (other name for MND) is terminal, we can only hope he has as long as possible.
Yeh, I know. So sad.
He was with us for 3-4 years and was dreadful at the start but improved significantly - and eventually won player of the year later on. He captained us to to our most remarkable title win and it will never be forgotten. He is a loose-cannon but he is a great guy.
Former Rangers defender Ricksen reveals his battle against Motor Neurone Disease
This is the heartbreaking moment when former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen breaks down in tears after it is revealed he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
News surrounding the ex-Dutch international defender’s life-threatening condition only emerged on Wednesay night during a live news show on television in his homeland.
But remarkably, it was only when the presenter asked him why he was talking so slow that details became public for the first time.
Overcome by emotion, the footballer asks the author of his book to explain that he has been told by medical staff that he has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Writer Vincent de Vries explained how a month earlier the controversial footballer – renowned for his love of life, money and women -was diagnosed.
He will go back to hospital on Thursday for further check-ups to see just how far the illness has progressed.
It is understood the 37-year-old received the shock diagnosis after undergoing tests at a clinic near to his home in the Netherlands after feeling continually drained.
But last night he bravely told millions of viewers on the popular daily programme “The World Keeps Turning” that he has the highly progressive illness which can potentially kill in a matter of five years.
The hugely-popular footballer told he has ALS, a debilitating illness, characterized by progressive muscle atrophy that leads to difficulty in speaking and breathing.
During his highly emotionally-charged interview he said it is possible for someone diagnosed with the disease to die within a relatively short space of time.
Fighting back tears, the soccer star, who joined Rangers in 2000 for a fee of Ł3.75 million, said: 'The medical people have said my condition could worsen quickly. I do not know anymore.'
Until recently, the disease has not gained much prominence in Holland although there has been an active campaign to alert people to it.
Many of his fans took to the social networking sites there to express their shock at the news on Wednesday.