In this Cystic Fibrosis Trust video, Charles Michael Duke, a cystic fibrosis patient waiting for a double lung transplant, talks about what cystic fibrosis (CF) is and how it affects those who live with the condition.
The film explains that cystic fibrosis affects almost 11,000 people in the U.K. alone. Each week, two people die from the disease and five babies are born with it in the country.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease and one in 25 people are carriers. If both parents have the CF gene then each of their children will have a one in four chance of having the condition. Duke goes on to explain how cystic fibrosis affects the body and some of the symptoms that those living with the disease experience. There is no cure for CF, but there are treatments to make life more comfortable. Life expectancy for those with the disease continues to rise as new treatments and medications are discovered.
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