TIME Mag Celebrates Marxist Killer Che Guevara’s Brave Battle With ASTHMA
How Che Guevara Didn’t Let Asthma Affect His Ambitions
Che Guevara might have considered the United States his worst enemy, but he faced an even greater threat to his revolutionary ambitions: asthma. While it was U.S.-trained Bolivian forces who killed Che on this day, Oct. 9, in 1967, asthma was a constant threat from his earliest youth.
Che was born premature—tiny and sickly—in Rosario, Argentina, where his father took a rough approach to infant rearing. According to TIME’s 1960 cover story about the revolutionary, baby Che was left to sun on a balcony, wearing only a diaper, in 45° winter weather. Moreover, he was plunged into cold baths and doused in icy showers. Instead of toughening him up, however, this tactic left him with a persistent cough and severe asthma.
His approach to his own health was no gentler; asthma didn’t keep him from embracing the rowdiness of youth.
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