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Rob Burrow: Living with MND documentary on tonight

The documentary following the life of Rugby League legend Rob Burrow MBE, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in December 2019, will air tonight on BBC Two.

Called ‘Rob Burrow: Living with MND’, the half hour documentary will start at 7pm and will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer afterwards. It follows the award-winning documentary called ‘Rob Burrow: My year with MND’ and now the same team behind that documentary take an intimate look at his life now.

Since he was diagnosed, Burrow has defied the odds, becoming an ambassador for all those impacted by the disease, while inspiring vital fundraising with the love and support of Rob’s family, friends and the wider Rugby League community.

The documentary will show how the disease impacts his wife, Lindsey, their three young children Macy (10), Maya (7), and Jackson (3), his parents Geoff and Irene, as well as former teammate at Leeds Rhinos, Kevin Sinfield OBE, who has raised millions for MND research.

Rob will be shown at some of his most intimate and vulnerable moments in this story of courage and never giving up, with those around him also showing incredible strength and bravery.

Rob says during the documentary: “I’m a prisoner in my own body, that’s the way MND gets you, the lights are on, but no one’s home. I think like you, but my mind doesn’t work right. I can’t move my body.”

Despite this, he continues to state through that “he’s not giving in, right until his last breath”, as he has “too many reasons to live”.

Sally Nugent, BBC Breakfast presenter who has become friends with the Burrow family comments: “This film shares the brutal reality of living with motor neurone disease, not just for Rob, but the impact it has on his whole family and friends. What he is doing will have a lasting legacy for people diagnosed today and in years to come.

“The documentary is an unflinching look at life through Rob’s eyes. We see him fight daily for small victories that we might take for granted. Every breath is a battle. Every moment with his family is a win for them all. But he is as funny today as he was the first day I met him, when he was just one of the greatest rugby league players of all time. He is still that, and so much more.”

Watch Rob Burrow: Living with MND on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer at 7pm on Tuesday 18 October.

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