Terrible news for Borje Salming

Terrible news for Borje Salming


Former Toronto Maple Leafs star defenseman Borje Salming revealed Wednesday morning to be battling Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The 71-year-old wrote a statement for the public to elaborate a bit on the situation he finds himself in. The one who played 16 seasons in the Queen City, from 1973 to 1989, is ready to fight until the end against ALS, a degenerative disease leading to death and for which there is currently no cure.

“I learned a piece of news that shook my family and myself. […] In an instant, everything changed. I don't know how many days I have left, but I understand that there will be challenges much greater than any faced so far. I recognize that there is no cure right now, except that there are many clinical trials going on all over the world and one day a cure will be found,” Salming said in the broadcast text. on the Leafs website.

Responsible for the medical file of the ex-hockey player, Dr. Caroline Ingre recalled the powerful effects of ALS.

“It is a devastating disease affecting not only muscles, but also personality and cognitive function, she said. Affected people experience progressive muscle weakness. In 70% of diagnosed cases, the first symptoms manifest from the spinal cord, reducing the capacity of the arms and legs. For 30% of people, it starts in the mouth and throat, which leads to slurred speech and difficulty swallowing.”

Salming has 787 points, including 150 goals, in 1,148 games regular season in the National Hockey League, in addition to picking up 1,344 penalty minutes.