Böhn: “Fought for my life without fear of death”

Böhn: “Fought for my life without fear of death”
photo: private

photo: private

Karl Erik Böhn had to deal with a long and agressiv illness, leukemia. He was visited by his assistent-coach from Hungary, Beáta Siti in Oslo(on photo).

After beeing treated in a hospital from Oslo for more than 4 months, he is declared cancer-free, and he can leave the institution on 3-4 weeks.

But the way to this moment was long, difficult and painful. Böhn was in coma for three weeks, at least three times his life was in danger, when families and friends were alerted to stay with him and he gone through three  chemotherapy-treatments. The trainer lost 18 kg since January 2013, but he is mentally strong and in good mood.

“I hope to return home soon, so I can eat, sleep and train myself  up to a bone marrow transplantation. It was a “match” between my sister and me. This means that the chances of success are far better, than receiving bone marrow from a foreign donor.”


Böhn is receiving blood transfusions every day and is a hope that his body will start to produce leukocytes on his own.

The head-coach of Hungarian national team  speaks about his relation to death:


“I have never  been afraid to die. I have experienced so much, during my 48 years. I was probably a little dazed after three weeks in a coma, but I feel like I have control mentally. Therefore I need no special mental therapy, it’s enough that friends and family are supporting me.

I’ve got a fantastic treatment and care at the hospital. There are no limits to what the staff has done here for me. I am immensely grateful for that.”


Hungarian players hopes that Karl Erik Böhn will soon return to continue the job they started. This could be a longtime goal for the trainer, but first he has to focus to improve his physical status, and to prepare to the operation. His immune system is not very strong either, so he must be careful to not get an infection.

“But I have very good appetite after beeing threatened to be feed through tubes.”-said Böhn.


TimeoutMagazin wish Karl Erik Böhn a fast recovery and perseverance!



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