The wife of professional wrestling legend «Superstar» Billy Graham provided an ominous update on her husband as he continues his battle for health at a hospital.
Valerie Graham wrote on Facebook that doctors wanted to take the former WWE Superstar off life support, but she said no.
«Please urgent prayers are needed for my husband. The doctors wanted to take him off life support tonight, I refused. He is a fighter and his will is strong even if his body is not. God is our hope,» she wrote on Facebook. with a link to his GoFundMe.
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Graham’s most recent GoFundMe update came in April. Graham’s real name is Eldridge Wayne Coleman.
«It’s been four months now since Wayne hasn’t been home, been to the rehab center or hospital. Due to ongoing issues with his lack of appetite, he has now lost 80 pounds and subsequently continues to struggle with extreme weakness,» the April 26 update said. «Osteomyelitis infection in his ears, skull and sinus cavity remains his biggest challenge. He receives strong intravenous antibiotics 3 times a day to treat this and the infectious disease doctor says he will need to be on them for at least 3 more months. As As a result of this infection he is currently completely deaf. We are praying this is temporary and will resolve as the infection is treated. He has also suffered intermittent kidney problems and has been on dialysis. This is in addition to Billy having heart problems. and lung problems, bed sores for 4 months and depression.
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«The financial situation has become dire as insurance only covers part of this treatment. His rehab copay is $200 per day, out of pocket. Unfortunately both Wayne and his wife Valerie contracted Covid 2 months ago. And unfortunately in Valerie continues to struggle with what is now Long Covid and as a result has had to extend her LOA, consequently this has left them with absolutely no income The emotional strain of not being able to visit her husband due to Covid, along with the deep concern for their health and their financial difficulties is heartbreaking and very stressful for both of them.
«Anyone who could find it in their heart to donate any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. Please help and pray that the superstar recovers and returns home where he belongs. God bless you all, thank you he’s in the fight of their life».
GoFundMe has received more than $14,000 since it was created in February.
The now 79-year-old professional wrestler debuted in Stampede Wrestling in 1970 and would move to the NWA’s Los Angeles territory under the name Billy Graham, in tribute to the evangelist. He would perform in the American Wrestling Alliance and then work his way up to the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in the mid-1970s, which would later become known as the WWF and then WWE.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
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In WWWF, he was a one-time heavyweight champion. He was also a two-time part of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Match of the Year award. The first came in 1977 for his match against Bruno Sammartino and again in 1978 against Bob Backlund.