In hospital, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila posts Facebook picture of her and ‘the Greatest’ as he battles

Laila Ali poses with her father, Muhammad Ali

Laila Ali posted a picture of her and her father to Facebook

Former heavyweight world champion Ali is currently locked in a battle for survival in a US hospital after his condition began deteriorating. Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila has posted an image of herself and her dad on Facebook as the ex-champ fights in hospital.

The 74-year-old was taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, yesterday suffering from “respiratory problems”.

At the time, a spokesman said the former sports star was in a “fair condition” and that a brief hospital stay was required.


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Shortly after the news broke, Laila, 38 , changed the profile picture on her Facebook page to one of her with her father.

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In the photograph the two pose for cameras in a boxing ring with Laila, herself a former world champion, holding two belts.

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Sports Illustrated Tribute to Muhammad Ali At The Muhammad Ali Center on October 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky
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After posting the image hundreds of supporters posted their best wishes to Laila – many telling how they were praying for her father’s survivial.

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Since the image was put up, Ali was moved to intensive care after his condition took a turn for the worse.

The children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he “is near the end”.

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Muhammad Ali is thought to be the greatest fighter of all time
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Already four of the 74-year-old’s nine children, including daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in the Phoenix area where medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star.

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The children flew in last night from around the US as doctors said the future survival of the champ was “uncertain”.


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Although there were discussions about transporting him to another area of the hospital, sources claimed doctors decided the move “potentially could be deadly,” and the transfer was called off.

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Sources close to the star say Ali’s battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.

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At his most recent appearance, the former chap appeared frail

“Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward,” said a source. “Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered by his Parkinson’s.

“His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst.

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“Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared.”

The boxer has children – two sons and seven daughters – from three marriages although two of his kids are from extra marital relationships.

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