GMB viewers in tears watching interview with rugby star Rob Burrow following motor neurone disease diagnosis

GMB viewers in tears watching interview with rugby star Rob Burrow following motor neurone disease diagnosis

05/27/2022

GOOD Morning Britain viewers were left in tears after rugby league star Rob Burrow appeared on the show to talk about life with Motor Neurone Disease.

The 39-year-old was diagnosed with MND in 2019 and appeared on Friday's edition of the ITV show alongside his wife Lindsey.

Leeds Rhinos legend Rob was initially given two years to live and has managed to defy doctors' expectations.

Opening up about how he remains positive, dad-of-three Rob said: "I had no idea how I was going to feel about my diagnosis and I'm shocked at myself how I could be so positive about this, especially when there is no cure.

"But the outpouring of support I've received since my diagnosis has given me strength to remain upbeat and positive."

Rob uses technology called Eyegaze to communicate – using his eyes to pick out individual letters on a screen to assemble words.

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Viewers took to Twitter during Rob's emotional interview to share their thoughts – with many saying they'd been reduced to tears.

One wrote: "Rob Burrow's just left me in tears. He shines."

Another said: "Rob Burrow and his amazing wife have set me off this morning. MND is an evil disease."

And a third added: "In tears at Rob Burrow this morning, what an absolute inspiration he is. True meaning of the word legend."

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When GMB host Ben Shepherd asked Rob what he wants his legacy off the pitch to be, he replied: "I hope my story highlights just how much Motor Neurone affects not only the individual but the entire family.

"I hope that my legacy off the pitch leads to a cure or at least an effective treatment."

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