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PGA Tour golfer Jarrod Lyle to begin end-of-life care

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260   //    31 Jul 2018, 19:49 IST
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Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle

PGA Tour golfer Jarrod Lyle has taken the decision to stop active treatment in his battle against leukaemia and begin palliative care.

The Australian, 36, is suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia for a third time, having beaten the disease twice before in 1999 and 2012.

However, the cancer returned in 2017, while last month it was revealed that Lyle was suffering from a loss of vision as a result of the illness.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Lyle had opted to begin end-of-life care as he focuses on spending his remaining time with his family.

"My heart breaks as I type this message," wrote Lyle's wife on his official Facebook page. "Earlier today Jarrod made the decision to stop active treatment and begin palliative care.

"He has given everything that he's got to give, and his poor body cannot take anymore. We'll be taking him closer to home in the next couple of days so he can finally leave the hospital.

"There is simply not enough time to get this message out to everyone individually, so for some of our really close friends and family I cannot apologise enough for breaking the news in this way. We have done our best to 'control' the narrative surrounding Jarrod's illness and treatment, and as more and more people become involved in this final process I'm not sure how much longer this development will remain private.

"Jarrod knows he is loved, and the thousands of prayers and well wishes that have been sent his way have kept him going through some incredibly tough times. But he has reached his limit, and the docs have finally agreed that they can no longer strive for a positive outcome.

"My focus as of today is on our girls and doing whatever I can to get them through the challenges ahead. Jarrod will be closer to them very soon, and will spend as much time as he can with them.

"When it's appropriate, I will post details of a memorial service. In the meantime we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.​ Bri xx."

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