Veteran battling MND vows to fight on for his family

Published on 21 Oct 2020, 13:21
A veteran with motor neurone disease has been left without treatment for 18 months after having an adverse reaction to the main drug used to slow the killer condition.

Stuart Carmichael, 40, couldn’t believe Riluzole was the only treatment option available in the UK for MND.

It is not a cure, but is the only medicine approved for use by the NHS which has been shown to have a significant effect on slowing the disease’s course.

Speaking to STV News, Mr Carmichael said: “It’s not so hard about myself, it’s more hard when you focus on your little ones.“

Mr Carmichael now hopes to embark on a medical trial abroad, involving pioneering stem cell treatment. A fundraiser has been set up, with more than £30,000 of the £40,000 target collected so far.

The community of Carmyle has also rallied behind Mr Carmichael with donations to help him adapt his family home.

Mr Carmichael said: “It’s just giving people maybe time. Just family time. That’s all I ask for, you know.

“This is my battle now, so I need to keep on going.”