What is CF
Cystic Fibrosis – or CF is Ireland’s most common life threatening inherited disease. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder. It is not contagious, you are born with it.
Approximately 1 in 20 people are carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis gene and when two carriers parent a child there is a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis causes an abnormal amount of mucus to build up in the lungs and pancreas.
The mucus in the lungs causes difficulty breathing as well as chronic lung infections.
Imagine breathing through a coffee straw……. every second of your life
Mucus in the pancreas blocks the digestion of food, causing the body to starve, no matter how much you eat. So, how do Cystic Fibrosis Patients survive everyday? To be continued…….
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