Outliving Doctor's Expectations By 27 Years

One man in the East has outlived doctor’s expectations for 27 years. Friends and family celebrated a milestone in his life Saturday they thought they would never get to see.

That man, Harold Hill of Kinston, has ALS. The disease attacks the muscles and nerves in the body. Most patients who are diagnosed with ALS receive a 3 to 5 year life expectancy. But Hill has lived 27 years after his diagnosis.

On Saturday Hill celebrated his 50th birthday. It was an emotional day for friends and family.

Hill’s family attributes his long life to his faith and positive attitude.

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  • by gregory on Jul 20, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    well, GLORY TO GOD AND PRAISE TO OUR WONDERFUL SAVIOUR that this man has celebrated his 50th birthday when he was not supposed to be here. Thank GOD for his grace and allowing this man to have more time on this earth. Thank you Jesus. God is so good! I am so thankful that I have him living in me.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    Anonymous at 7:06pm-and yet you just HAD to mention that you were battling a chronic illness as if it makes you the moral authority in this given arena. You need to step down from your high horse and learn to accept the same criticism you dish out. If you cannot take criticism, then do not say anything. Tragic things happen to people all the time, even to myself, but I don't expect the world to stop because of the unfortunate events that have occurred in my life. Plus I doubt this person spends his precious time looking at every news outlet's comment section making sure people pity or praise him. He is probably enjoying and making the most of his time, which is more than most people who frequently post on WITN can say.
  • by GBtotheHB on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:47 PM
    Me-"Better to spend an eternity in heaven with God than to spend an eternity in hell without Him." Pascal's Wager is weak sauce and why would god send me to the bad place if he loves me?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    Anon 10:11am: If I wanted it to be about ME, I would have used my name. You're one of the people that needs to get over yourself. Rudeness.
  • by Me Location: NC on Jul 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    To GBtothelHB. You do not have to wait and die for God to comfort you........at that point it's too late. Better to serve and take a "chance" that there is something to all this "Christian stuff" than to die without Him. Better to spend an eternity in heaven with God than to spend an eternity in hell without Him.
  • by irate Location: greenville on Jul 19, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Full Speed Ahead, Howard!!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 19, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    That says a lot about this man right there, not giving up. This is a man of courage and respect to be keeping on after 27 years. I did'nt know anyone could have been diagnosed with ALS at such a young age. Youngest I heard of before was Keith Leclair. Happy 50th birthday
  • by GBtotheHB on Jul 19, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    "We do need to pray for others who are non-believers, bc while I know that is their choice" Prayer is based on chance and luck because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Why would an all powerful god even listen to such a finite creature? If this all powerful god really loved me and wanted me in heaven, then he would let me in regardless of what I think, rather than listening to you. Your god, as described in the bible, created the universe and knows everything about the past, present, and future would not need your advice to make a decision. To even think you have the slightest influence over this being it absurd. So go ahead and pray and I will continue to hope people begin using that brain that their "god" supposedly gave them to think critically about their beliefs. And to Holy Cow-I will simply say I am not impressed when I meet god. It is convenient to your argument that I have to wait and die for an omnipotent being to confront me. Laughable.
  • by GBtotheHB on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    I am going to break this down piece by piece. "God gives us trials and tribulations in life. He loves us unconditionally." He loves us so much that he sends us to hell for failing to believe in his existence. That does not sound like love to me. Your god sounds like a cruel mafia boss. "Just because someone is sick or hurt, it makes that person or those around them stronger and pull together." There are many ways an all powerful god can bring people together without killing off their loved ones and it is a horrible way to justify a young child's unfortunate death. I know my parents would never kill my brother to bring the family together like you and Nikk's god seems to do. "We are all one big family regardless of race or religion." While I agree we should work harder to understand our differences, we are not a big happy family. Watch the news sometime.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Anonymous said "I have a catastrophic chronic illness myself so I find the comments here really crass, immature, insensitive, unnecessary, egotistical, and self-centered. Go have a debate in a debate forum and get over yourselves already! It's so not about you." So you have managed to make the discussion all about you instead. Congratulations.

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