Stephen Hawking’s family donate his ventilator

Hyperaxion Apr 25, 2020

The machine was donated to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, a reference center where the scientist received treatment throughout his life.

Physicist Stephen Hawking’s family donated the ventilator used by the scientist to a hospital that had treated him in Cambridge, the English city where he lived and worked, to help patients with COVID-19.

Stephen Hawking's family donate his ventilator
Stephen Hawking. (Credit: Reuters/Mike Hutchings).

The scientist died in March 2018, at the age of 76, after a life dedicated to the study of the origins of the universe. At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease that progressively paralyzes the muscles.

The scientist’s daughter, Lucy Hawking, said she had contacted former friends at Royal Papworth Hospital, where her father received health care, to find out how she could support the institution. “After our father passed away, we returned all the medical equipment he used that belonged to the NHS,” she said, but some things remained at home, namely the ventilator, which had been purchased by Stephen Hawking himself, BBC explained.

“Professor Stephen Hawking’s family has donated his ventilator to Royal Papworth Hospital as we care for increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients,” the hospital announced on Wednesday.

Lucy Hawking acknowledged that the Royal Papworth was “extremely important” to Stephen Hawking and described the medical care her father received as “brilliant, dedicated and compassionate”.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Hawking family for supporting us at this challenging time,” said the representative of the hospital, which is a world reference center in the area of heart and lung transplants.

Royal Papworth’s intensive care department has almost doubled in size due to the increasing number of hospitalizations for COVID-19.

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