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NRL: Carl Webb shares the heartbreaking reality of his motor neurone battle


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Carl Webb shares heartbreaking reality of his motor neuron battle as footy great insists he ‘has no illusions’ about what’s to come

  • Carl Webb has shared the heartbreaking reality of motor neuron disease
  • The former Brisbane star was diagnosed with the disease in 2020
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Carl Webb has opened up about the heartbreaking reality of his battle with motor neuron disease, with the football legend admitting he is ‘under no illusions’ about the challenges ahead.

The former Brisbane, North Queensland and Maroons brand has been battling motor neurone disease (MND) after being diagnosed in 2020 aged 39, and spoke to Nine’s A Current Affair about his journey.

“At the moment I am still quite capable and independent, but I have no illusions about what will happen in the future.

“Raising a glass or bottle all day long, those small random tasks are now quite challenging.

“I maintain a level of strength by getting out of bed every day so you can stay, more or less, and realize you’re kind of stuck in a body that isn’t working very well.”

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Webb is now largely confined to a wheelchair and his speech is beginning to be affected by the disease. He records his voice in case it doesn’t work out.

He still holds the Broncos bench press (180 kg) and back squat (252.5 kg) record, which he set about two decades ago.

MND is an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves, causing weakness that gets worse over time.

A person can reduce the impact of MND on their daily life with treatment, but there is no cure for MND, which can significantly shorten patients’ life expectancy, although some people live with the condition for years.

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