A doting father is bracing for the end of his life after a grim diagnosis turned his life upside down.
35-year-old Ronald ‘Hobbo’ Hobden was described as a “fit and healthy” father of two children, including a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy, who was given just months to live after developing a brutal incurable illness.
According to the young man’s family, Ronald was diagnosed with a severe form of bulbar-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis after he suddenly began losing his voice and started suffering from loss of strength and mobility issues.
Doctors have since informed the family that the motor neuron disease is progressive and that Mr. Hobden likely doesn’t have more than six months to live. They also explained that the dad of two will gradually lose mobility of his limbs and become paralyzed.
“It’s just the hardest thing to watch. We’re now looking at every possible angle to try to prolong his life as long as possible,” Ronald’s devastated wife, Anna-Louise, said.
“We’re trying to be as practical and prepared as possible for our children.”
Family friend Leah Hill has now launched a GoFundMe page to help the struggling family make the most out of their final moments together.
“Unfortunately, Hobbo has already begun to experience some of these impacts with his speech wavering, and he is finding it more difficult to project his voice. He now needs to wear a voice amplifier when in noisy environments and crowds. He has also started losing his balance and strength in his left arm as the muscle atrophy starts,” the page reads.
“The disease will also move to the upper motor neurons which will impact Hobbo’s ability to use his arms and legs. The ultimate impact of the disease will mean that Hobbo experiences complete paralysis without being able to move unassisted, and will need to be fed through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube requiring complex, intensive full-time care.”
The heartbreaking post continues: “One of the most devastating parts of the disease, and what scares Hobbo the most, is that he will not lose his other senses. This means he will be cognitively clear and will be completely aware of his deterioration and inability to play with Lizzie and Henry, and to hug Anna-Louise/Annie.”
Hill further explained that donations would be used to help the Hobden family travel while Ronald can still move and get the father the best healthcare available.
Our thoughts remain with Ronald and his loved ones during this challenging time.