The King of bodybuilding, Ronnie Coleman has announced he may never walk unassisted again. For the former Mr. Olympia and entire bodybuilding community, this is shocking and devastating news.
Following his 10th major back surgery, the 53-year old may now be bound to a wheelchair. According to Coleman, this is due to complications in the operating room and the quality of work performed by his surgeon.
His latest operation to fix four broken screws in his back initially seemed to have gone well. After the surgery, Ronnie put out an update for his Instagram fans stating, ‘Just wanted everybody to know that the surgery was a huge success.’
Understandably, his followers were relieved with some calling Coleman an inspiration.
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Just wanted everybody to know that the surgery was a huge success. Have a scar from my ass all the way up to my ribs. Will be in the hospital all weekend though to control this massive pain. As usual can’t wait to get out, looks like I may be going back to rehab but prayerfully home. The look on my face this time is from the happy pain medication.
However, since then complications have appeared affecting The King’s ability to walk unassisted. When speaking to Muscular Development via video call, Coleman spoke openly saying;
“I don’t know if that’ll [Walk] ever happen because I’ve had too much damage done to my body from all these surgeries. A lot of it has to do with the way the surgeon performed the surgery and the surgeon that I’ve had the last three surgeries been really bad and caused a lot of damage to my body. So, I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk….but I’m gonna give it my best shot. But I think if that surgeon had to perform these surgeries right then I would have been walking a long long time ago!”
Money possible motive according to Coleman
The legendary bodybuilder who once tipped the scale at 300 lb spent a whopping $2 million on his last three surgeries. Because of the hefty price tag for each, Coleman is blaming money as a possible motive for subpar procedures in the operating room.
“Just the way he [Surgeon] did everything and performed everything, it was like he was kind of doing these surgeries to make money…”, explained the 8x Mr. Olympia, “Every surgery I’ve had done was like $300,000 to $500,000. So the last three surgeries I had to spend almost $2 million dollars!”
Here’s hoping its better news in the future for The King. After such an amazing career at the very pinnacle of bodybuilding, it would be a sad sight to see Ronnie not recover. We will be following the story closely to bring updates for Ronnie’s dedicated fans.
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