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Man with ALS stable in Houston hospital

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
March 21, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2011 at 10:21 p.m.


Spring break was cut short Saturday for Craig Fox, his girlfriend and his two children.

The three were vacationing in Houston when Fox, who's lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for years, began vomiting and choking.

Fox's girlfriend, Alisa Villarreal, took Fox to Methodist Hospital in Houston about 3 a.m. Saturday after he would not stop vomiting. He now has pneumonia in one lung and is wearing a breathing mask.

Fox's entire body - which has lost much of its torso and neck strength to the disease - is extremely weak, though he can still talk, said Peggy Fox, his mother.

"He scared us," she said, from his hospital room.

She said she did not know when he would be released. Fox is the focus of an ongoing series about how families cope with the fatal ALS disease.

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