After a warning from a “guardian angel,” a 10-year-old champion martial artist is given a dreadful diagnosis.
After a “guardian angel” warned his mother on Instagram that something was wrong, a WORLD champion martial artist found he had a dangerous spinal problem.
Laura Dickinson, Ruben Dougherty’s mother, took the advice with a grain of salt at first, but decided to have the 10-year-old checked out by an osteopath. Doctors informed the 40-year-old from Liverpool that the six-time world champion in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing had scoliosis, a condition in which the spine twists and curves to the side.
When Laura first heard the news, she began to imagine “worst-case scenarios,” but quickly realized they would be far better prepared if they knew.
“I was just thinking, you know, worst-case scenarios, like he’s not going to be able to walk, he’s going to have an operation, he’s never going to be able to fight again,” she told the Liverpool Echo.
“After all that effort, he’ll have to give up fighting. I was inconsolably upset, sobbing in front of my family. It’s the mystery. It’s something that needs to be kept an eye on.
“It’s not like we have any idea what we’re up against. It’s almost like a waiting game right now.”
Ruben, who began learning jiu-jitsu at the age of four, is fortunate that Laura received the word from his “guardian angel” at the right time.
Doctors can monitor his growth and the development of his spine so that they can intervene, possibly with a brace, to prevent his spine from bending too much.
He may continue boxing for the time being, but jiu-jitsu, with its rolling and contorting, is on hold as he awaits test results for a different condition.
Ruben became the youngest individual signed to MTK Global, the management business that promotes Tyson Fury, on his ninth birthday.
“To be honest, I felt extremely proud,” Laura added, “because it just shows that someone recognizes how brilliant he is and his talent.”
Ruben maintains his good attitude, but he is disappointed that he is currently unable to participate in the sport he enjoys.
“At first, he was disappointed, but he was just glad he could continue something,” Laura continued. He’d probably pull his hair out if someone said, “Stop everything.”
“He works out every day. It appeals to him. He’s always on the go.”
Ruben is an ambassador at The Inclusive Hub, a boxing club for people with disabilities, in addition to his own award-winning fighting and training. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”