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Tuesday 19 September 2017

RTE's Colm shows us brave battle against killer illness

SPORTS broadcaster Colm Murray will take viewers on an emotional journey tonight as he shares with them his pains to battle motor neurone disease.

The legendary racing pundit, who was diagnosed with the progressive and incurable condition nearly two years ago, will feature in RTE documentary MND: The Inside Track tonight.

In the documentary, Colm says that he wanted to do something "positive", despite his personal struggle.

His doctor, Trinity and Beaumont professor Orla Hardiman, has hailed him for his willingness "to be of service", and to help find a future cure by partaking in medical trials.

"We are deeply indebted to Colm and his family for their generosity," she said.

One in 50,000 people will develop the terminal disease, which attacks the central nervous system, and ultimately destroys all muscular function, in any one year.

Colm, who will be 60 this year, was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in March 2010 and has seen his condition rapidly deteriorate.

He was asked by his consultant Prof Hardiman last June if he would volunteer for the clinical trial of a new promising drug Dexpramipexole.

While he admitted at the time that he did not expect to be cured, he said that it was his most "fervent wish that the coming years will see giant steps forward in the battle to find a cure".

"It gives me something to hope for," he said last June. "It's a faint glimmer of light at the end of a very dark tunnel."

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