HEART­BREAK­ING

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of in­ten­sive read­ing on the sick­ness it­self,” Shel­ton Sr told THE WEEK­END STAR. “I re­mem­ber even when the doc­tor was talk­ing about it. He was telling us to go on the In­ter­net and read about it. It re­ally af­fected him men­tally. Some­times he sits down and asks: dread­ful in it­self to know that it’s one of those sick­nesses that re­ally locks you off from your so­cial life.”

Lu­ton Shel­ton, Ja­maica’s most pro­lific scorer with 35 in­ter­na­tional goals, had been miss­ing from the lime­light since his loop­ing header scored for his club Har­bour View against Tivoli Gar­dens in the Red Stripe Pre­mier League in Fe­bru­ary 2017. This led fans to spec­u­late about his where­abouts and well-be­ing.

Both Shel­ton Sr and Bob­bette are al­ways by the for­mer foot­baller’s side, as they are key to help­ing him around the house and in­ter­pret­ing his now gut­tural speech.

Mrs Shel­ton said that her hus­band has re­lated to her many times just how much he wishes he could speak again.

“For all his sick­ness, if he could trade it for just his speech,” she said. “If he could still be able to speak and have his voice, that’s the only is­sue. Even if he still has his weak­nesses here and there, the voice, that’s his main con­cern.”

“If he starts a con­ver­sa­tion, once you un­der­stand the line of con­ver­sa­tion, you just put ev­ery­thing to­gether. Some words are un­clear but you just know ex­actly what he’s say­ing. I dunno, I guess be­cause I’m here with him all day, ev­ery day, and I just read his lips, so it’s eas­ier for me.”

Since learn­ing of Shel­ton’s con­di­tion, Sports Min­is­ter Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has said that her min­istry will do­nate $5 mil­lion to his treat­ment.

From left: Lu­ton Shel­ton; his wife, Bob­bette; and his fa­ther, Lu­ton Shel­ton Sr, dur­ing an in­ter­view at the for­mer na­tional striker’s up­per St An­drew home.

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