What’s motor neurone disease?
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work properly. Symptoms of MND include a weakened grip, difficulty lifting the
arm, dragging of the leg and slurred speech.
It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. Some experience a rare form of dementia too.
A third of people with MND die within a year of diagnosis, more than half within two years.
Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK. It affects up to 5,000 adults and kills six people per day. There is currently no cure for the disease.