The Sheffield MND Care centre staff worked with the Local South Yorkshire MND Association to host a screening of the film ‘I am Breathing’ at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) on the 24th June, to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND) during MND awareness month. Over a hundred individuals from all over the region attended the event.
I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt, who previously attended Sheffield MND Care Centre based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralysed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes:
“It’s amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. It’s what separates us and defines us as human beings.”
I AM BREATHING has been critically acclaimed since its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in late 2012: http://www.iambreathingfilm.com:
“Intimate documentary examining a normal-but-remarkable man and wife’s handling of his fatal disease ranks among the year’s most moving films.”
(The Hollywood Reporter)
The film is an emotional and inspiring insight into the world of a family coping with the impact of MND. Neil’s wife Louise sent a message to the audience thanking them for their time in watching the film and raising awareness of MND.
The film was screened in 168 countries and on every continent making SITraN part of a global awareness campaign which made the media sit up and listen and acknowledge this devastating disease. The Sheffield Star locally reported on this event can be seen here.