Famous People with Muscular Dystrophy

Famous People with Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease that greatly affects the entire muscle and skeletal system of the body. It progressively weakens muscle that inhibits the person to move affecting the balance and mobility of the body. It also degenerate voluntary muscle and skeletal system that controls the entire movement of the body. Since this disease targets the muscle of the body the involuntary muscles in the heart will also be affected as the disorder worse. The following are the famous people who were diagnosed with this condition:

1. Teri Garr

This celebrity is an award winning TV personality and famous actress. The everyday life of Teri is very challenging for she is always in a hectic schedule that she must maintain in order to establishment commitment with various clients. The symptoms of her muscular dystrophy began with a tingling sensation on her right foot. One morning, while she was having her regular jogging session, Teri suddenly stumbled and fell at that point and she thought that she slips and fall. After such time, the symptom progresses but she continued on working. At 33 years of age, she was nominated in Oscar Awards and won the hearts of many audiences because of her charm.

Even as the symptoms progresses Teri was never going down with an unknown illness that doctors could not explain. However, in the year 1999, she had a definitive medical checkup which identifies her disease. But despite the disease, she continued on with her life but with some limitations although she just couldn’t accept the fact that she had a muscular dystrophy since 1983.

2. Alfredo Ferrari

Another celebrity who has the same disease was Alfredo Ferrari, the son of the famous Enzo Ferrari. As most people know, Enzo Ferrari was the famous Alfa Romeo driver in the mid 30’s and his son Alfredo was his successor to his driving career. So in the pursuit of this dream, Enzo provided his son the education and attention that he needs in order to follow his footsteps as a race car driver.

However, after 2 years, the symptoms of his illness progressed. There were times that he was unable to maintain his balance and physical strength as they were deteriorating rapidly. Later on, Alfredo was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy which devastated his father’s dream. While in the hospital, Alfredo suggested that they must build a new engine for the new model of the racing car. However, at the young age of 24, Alfredo died and never got the chance to see the new engine that was named after him. The V6 engine that is a 1.5 L DOCH was named after Alfredo in honor for his dream and support to his father. The new engine was placed on the new F2 racing car that Enzo manage and made its debut in the year 1955.

In some cases, this condition also affects other organs in the body that may result into major organ failure. In many cases, children and young adults are the ones that are greatly affected by this deadly disease.

Muscular dystrophy is a disease that can affect almost anyone even the rich and famous are unable to escape this deadly disease.

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