Animated Film Helps Explain Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to Kids
In this animated video from the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Tim and Moby talk about Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a way that children of all ages can understand.
The cartoon duo explains that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) affects approximately one in 3,500 boys and they are usually diagnosed between the ages of one and six. Initial signs of the disease include problems jumping and hopping, and over time, falling frequently and difficulty running and climbing.
Some boys may walk on their toes because their Achilles tendons have tightened. The disease is progressive and children with DMD will eventually need a wheelchair and may need help breathing and eating.
The film explains that therapies for DMD are improving all the time and researchers are constantly working to develop better treatments and ultimately, discover a cure.
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