Ex-Baseball Star Kirk Gibson Has Parkinson's Disease

 – April 28, 2015  –– 

Kirk Gibson, who played 17 seasons of Major League Baseball and is perhaps best known for a dramatic pinch-hit, ninth inning home run to win a World Series game in 1988, said Tuesday he has Parkinson's disease. There's no cure for Parkinson's. Some medicines can be helpful, and surgery and deep brain stimulation can help severe cases, according to the NIH. Lawrence Severt, MD, PhD, attending neurologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, said, "Mr. Gibson is approaching his diagnosis with the best possible attitude -- strong resolve to educate himself about Parkinson's disease, to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and to engage with family, friends, and community.

- Dr. Lawrence Severt, Attending, Department of Neurology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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