Doddie Weir tells of heroic battle to beat MND

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Scottish rugby legend Doddie WeirScottish rugby legend Doddie Weir (Image: ANDY BUCHANANANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The former British & Irish Lions lock discussed his illness and his work to find a cure in a sold-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Discussing his book, My Name’5 Doddie, with co-writer Stewart Weir and broadcaster Ian Robertson, the inspirational campaigner told the audience about the struggles he has faced in finding effective treatment. He joked: “It’s basically a muscle wasting disease, so if I’d done more weight training I might have another 30 years still to live.

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“But eventually your leg muscles disappear, your arm muscles disappear, I can’t touch my head now, but I can drink a pint, not with one hand but with two. You’ve got to adapt. Eventually you can’t speak, can’t swallow, it’s

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