Viewers have hailed Rob Burrow’s wife Lindsey as a ‘true inspiration’ and ‘superior woman’ after emotional documentary.
The mother-of-three is looking after husband Rob, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) in 2019, and her heartbreaking journey was highlighted on Thursday night’s ITV program ‘Rob and Lindsey: Life with MND’.
Impressive footage showed Lindsey caring for the rugby league legend following his devastating diagnosis.
Viewers broke down in tears and many took to Twitter to praise Lindsey, who is Rob’s full-time carer, and took to Twitter to express their admiration for the stoic mum.
One person wrote, “Lindsey Burrow is truly a ‘superior woman.'” “A very moving program and best of luck to Lindsey, Rob and their wonderful children.”
Another said: “What an inspiring woman Lindsey Burrow is who dedicates her life to caring for Rob and raising money for charity.”
Another wrote, “I was just talking earlier about the Rob Burrow program.” What a very sad situation. Lindsey Burrow, what an incredible human being. You don’t mind admitting that I cried quite a bit.’
The 40-year-old father of three is speechless and can only eat a spoonful of liquid food that his wife gives him.
Rob also has to sleep downstairs and some nights requires a ventilator to bring down the high levels of carbon dioxide in his body.
His determined wife refuses the help of attendants and equipment, instead carrying him around the house and from the wheelchair to the car.
In one scene, Lindsey said, “You just want to do what you can, while you can, as long as you can.” “He’s my man, I want to take care of him.”
Rob has lost all ability to speak and retains no voluntary movement control except with his eyes, which he uses to spell out messages on a screen.
Viewers hailed Rob Burrow’s wife Lindsey as a ‘true inspiration’ and ‘superior wife’ after an emotional ITV documentary.
The mother-of-three is looking after husband Rob, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) in 2019, and her heartbreaking journey was highlighted on Thursday night’s ITV program ‘Rob and Lindsey: Life with MND’
Viewers had a hard time watching the heartbreaking documentary last night but were full of praise for the incredible couple.
One tweeted: “Lindsey Burrow is a true inspiration, her dedication to Rob and her family is beautiful to see #LivingwithMND”
Another emotional fan wrote, “I’m catching up on the documentary right now.” “I have nothing but respect for Rob Burrow and his wife.”
While someone else said: “I’m sitting here almost in tears watching ITV’s Tonight.” I don’t usually watch it but this is about Rob Burrow so I had to. MND is a terrible disease and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. God bless Lindsay and Kev for what they are doing to raise awareness.”
Ahead of the documentary, Lindsey vowed to continue caring for her beloved husband “as long as I’m physically able,” adding, “I know he would do the same for me.”
Viewers broke down in tears and many took to Twitter to praise Lindsey, who is Rob’s full-time carer
Lindsey told that Mirror: “We haven’t really discussed the caregiver option.” We don’t want stair lifts, hoists and so on, for me it can get pretty clinical.
“You just want to do what you can, while you can, as long as you can.” He’s my man, I want to take care of him. You make these vows, both in sickness and in health, that’s what you want to do.
“He will often say, ‘Thank you for looking after me. I wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t done these things.” I know how grateful he is.
“It’s not easy being a caregiver, but when I see what Rob has taken from him, there’s nothing to complain about.”
The couple have been married for 17 years and first met when the former rugby league star was a “shy” 15-year-old.
But after Rob’s diagnosis four years ago, their relationship changed forever.
Rob has lost all ability to speak and retains no voluntary movement control except with his eyes, which he uses to spell out messages on a screen
Lindsey shared how former teammate Kevin Sinfield (left) was set to be knighted for his fundraising efforts
Burrow spent his entire career at Leeds, making 492 appearances and capping 15 for England and five for Great Britain. He retired after winning his eighth Super League Grand Final in 2017 and went on to become head coach of the club’s reserve team.
He revealed the MND diagnosis in an emotional statement in December 2019.
Lindsey continues to work as an NHS physiotherapist once a week, a day when Rob’s parents take care of him, and spends the rest of the time looking after their three children at their home in Castleford, West Yorkshire.
Rob had two years to live after being diagnosed and now has no control over his movements, save for his eyes, which he uses to spell out messages on a screen and tells his wife, “He couldn’t be prouder.”
But Lindsey admits, “I don’t think he can really get any worse.”
She also spoke about asking her husband questions about his funeral wishes, with Rob telling her she was “still young” and “should find someone else”.
Rob was carried across the finish line by Sinfield in last month’s inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon after being pushed in a wheelchair over the 26 mile distance
And Lindsey opened up about how former teammate Kevin Sinfield was set to be knighted for his fundraising efforts.
Rob was carried across the finish line by Sinfield in last month’s inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon after being pushed in a wheelchair over the 26 mile distance.
The pair raised money for motor neuron disease (MND) charities and used a specially adapted chair to join 12,500 other runners in the first Leeds marathon in 20 years.
Rugby coach Sinfield has raised over £8million for MND charities since Burrow, a friend and former Leeds Rhinos team-mate, was diagnosed with the disease in late 2019.
The 42-year-old also completed his Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge in November, during which he ran seven consecutive ultramarathons, running about 40 miles each day.
What is motor neuron disease?
Motor neuron disease is a rare condition that primarily affects people in their 60s and 70s, but can also affect adults of any age.
It is caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurons. Over time, these cells gradually stop working. It is not known why this is happening.
Sometimes, if a close relative has motor neuron disease or a related condition called frontotemporal dementia, it can mean you are more likely to develop it. But in most cases it does not run in the family.
The first symptoms may include weakness in the ankle or leg, e.g. B. Difficulty climbing stairs; slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, a weak grip, and gradual weight loss.
If you have these symptoms, you should see a family doctor. They will consider other possible medical conditions and refer you to a specialist doctor called a neurologist if necessary.
If a close relative has motor neuron disease or frontotemporal dementia and you are concerned you may be at risk, they may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss your risk and possible testing