Dis­ease bat­tle af­ter tragedy of fam­ily loss

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - SUN­DAY SEPTEM­BER 17 2017

Mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease — or mito — is a de­bil­i­tat­ing ge­netic dis­or­der that robs the body’s cells of en­ergy, caus­ing mul­ti­ple or­gan dys­func­tion or fail­ure and po­ten­tially death. Due to its ge­netic ba­sis, the dis­ease of­ten af­fects mul­ti­ple fam­ily mem­bers.

Pic­ture: SAM ROSEWARNE

AWARE­NESS: Mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease suf­ferer Shelley Bev­er­ley and, in­set, her mother and brother.

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