Stephen Hawking revealed that in 1985, shortly after embarking upon the writing of 'A Brief History of Time', doctors offered his wife the option of taking him off of life support.
In an upcoming documentary, Stephen Hawking reveals that in 1985,
shortly after embarking upon the writing of A Brief History of Time, doctors offered his wife the option of taking him off of life support.
Already battling motor neurone disease, Hawking had contracted pneumonia and fell into such a deep state of suffering doctors placed him in an induced coma.
His first wife, Jane, declined the option and instead insisted that he be transferred from the hospital in Switzerland to their home country, England.
There, Hawking underwent an aggressive treatment regimen, one that was successful at saving the scientist’s life, even though it cost him his voice.
He describes his rehabilitation in the weeks that followed as the darkest time of his life.
In spite of his physical condition and ailments, Hawking went on to finish A Brief History of Time, a book that sold over 10 million copies in 40 languages and brought him worldwide fame.
At 71 years of age, he also continues to survive with motor neurone disease, a diagnosis that comes with a life expectancy of 5 years.