Loving wife of ex-rugby star Rob Burrow carries him around the house as he fights MND

7 June 2023, 16:49

Ex-rugby star Rob Burrow looked after by his wife Lindsey as he fights MND
Ex-rugby star Rob Burrow looked after by his wife Lindsey as he fights MND. Picture: itv/alamy

By StephenRigley

Rob Burrow is carried around the house by his devoted wife Lindsey as the rugby hero continues his battle against MND.

Lindsey, who has been married to teenage sweetheart Rob for 17 years, has refused carers and equipment and lifts him around their home and into the car.

The photograph has been shared one month after Rob's former teammate Kevin Sinfield carried him across the finish line at Leeds Marathon after pushing him for more than 26 miles.

Rob, 40, was diagnosed with MND in 2019. He now needs round-the-clock care and his weight has dropped to just 7st.

Rob, who is now non-verbal, can only eat liquidised food spoon fed to him by Lindsey, who is the mother of his three children.

He also has to sleep downstairs and sometimes needs the help of a ventilator to decrease high levels of carbon dioxide in his body.

Listen and subscribe to Unprecedented: Inside Downing Street on Global Player

Reality of Rob Burrow's life with MND to be shown in ITV documentary

Lindsey carrying Rob Burrow around the house
Lindsey carrying Rob Burrow around the house. Picture: ITV

Read More: Kevin Sinfield says carrying Rob Burrow across marathon finish line was based only around 'friendship'

Read More: Moving moment as Kevin Sinfield carries ex-teammate Rob Burrow over Leeds marathon finish line

Speaking ahead of an ITV documentary, Lindsey said "I know he'd do the same for me".

She told The Mirror: "We haven’t really discussed the option of carers.

"We don’t want ­stairlifts, hoists and things, for me it can become quite clinical.

"You just want to do what you can, while you can, for as long as you can.

"He’s my husband, I want to care for him. You say those vows, in sickness and in health, that’s what you want to do.

"He’ll often say: 'Thank you for looking after me, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you doing these things.' I know how grateful he is.

"It’s not easy being a carer, but when I look at what Rob has had taken from him I’ve nothing to moan about."

Rob was only given two years to live following the diagnosis.

Kevin Sinfield carries Rob Burrow across Leeds Marathon finish line

Read More: 'Sleep well you scum': dad's fury as wheelchair-adapted van of disabled rugby league icon Rob Burrow vandalised

Now he has no voluntary movement control apart from his eyes, which he now uses to spell messages out on a screen telling Lindsey "he couldn't be more proud".

Superstar Leeds Rhinos and England player Rob bravely opened up about the degenerative condition to raise awareness of the condition which affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

Millions have been raised for MND research and care thanks to Rob, Lindsey and Kevin tirelessly fundraising.

Lindsey added Rob's former teammate Kevin Sinfield should be awarded a knighthood for his fundraising efforts.

Rob spent his whole career at Leeds, making 492 appearances. He also won 15 caps for England and five for Great Britain.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the Middle East is 'on the brink'

'The Middle East is on the brink,' UN chief warns, as Israel approves plan of attack after huge Iranian onslaught

Elections 2024 Media Debates

News organisations urge Joe Biden and Donald Trump to agree to debates

Survivors of the attack are set to sue MI5

Hundreds of survivors of Manchester Arena bombing to sue MI5

The UK is set to experience some warm, dry weather

Two-week period when Brits to bask in warm, dry weather revealed, after cold period ahead

Lennix died after being hit by a car on Saturday

Parents pay tribute to 'happy go lucky' son, 8, killed in crash while riding scooter on quiet Wiltshire road

Damien Guerot stepped in in Sydney

Builder who wielded bollard to defend children from rampaging Sydney knifeman says attacker's 'eyes were empty'

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel approves plan of attack after foiling massive Iran onslaught, as world leaders call for 'stabilisation'

The G7 have condemned the Iran attack on Israel

G7 leaders condemn Iran's 'unprecedented' attack on Israel and say they 'stand ready to take further measures'

Russia Ukraine War

More civilians die in Ukraine amid warning US aid delays will hamper Kyiv forces

The minibus lying on its side

Seventeen rushed to hospital after bus carrying football fans overturns on motorway in multiple car smash

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy and Paloma Faith join celebrities demanding Government act over Sudan

Dawn Singleton was among six victims of the stabbings

Police officer fiancé of Sydney stabbing victim 'discovered she had been killed after being scrambled to the scene'

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel says Iran conflict 'not over' and vows to 'collect a price when timing is right', as US urges restraint

Poland Abortion

Polish opponents of abortion march against recent steps to liberalise strict law

A boy, 8, was killed in the incident.

Boy, 8, dies after crash on quiet Wiltshire cul-de-sac