Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been moved to a rehabilitation facility after spending almost a week in hospital where he was being treated for covid-19.
Jackson’s wife, Jacqueline, who also contracted covid, remains hospitalized and has been moved to the intensive care unit as of Aug. 27.
Rev. Jackson, 79, was transferred from Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital to the rehab facility and will immediately begin therapy to treat his Parkinson’s disease, CBS News reported. He was diagnosed with the degenerative nervous system disorder in 2015.
“As his covid-19 symptoms abate, his Parkinson’s has become more in focus,” son Jonathan Jackson said in a statement, according to The New York Post. “Therefore, he has been transferred to The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where he will immediately begin intensive occupational and physical therapy.”
Jacqueline Jackson, 77, was hospitalized with her husband on Aug. 23. She is not on a ventilator but is receiving oxygen treatments, according to Jonathan.
“Both of our parents are continuing to receive excellent medical care,” Jonathan Jackson said. “We urge that you continue to keep them in your prayers because we know this is a serious disease.”
Rev. Jackson was vaccinated against covid-19 in January in a public campaign to encourage Black Americans to get the shot. In February, he underwent gallbladder surgery, The New York Post reported.
Jacqueline Jackson has not been vaccinated due to a pre-existing condition, The Associated Press reported.
Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, was among the many well-wishers on social media, tweeting, “Praying for Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson.”
“We continue to receive the love that is being poured out to our family from around the world and it is greatly appreciated, as we express our love and concern for the millions of people who have been victimized by the covid-19 virus and its variants,” Jonathan said.
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