A man with Parkinson’s disease will pass on oars through the Indian Ocean

A man with Parkinson's disease will pass on oars through the Indian Ocean

A man with Parkinson’s disease will pass on oars through the Indian Ocean

This June, four people are going to swim across the oars of the Indian Ocean. They do this, firstly, in order to break the world record, and secondly – to draw public attention to early Parkinson’s disease and raise money for the corresponding fund. One of the four, 46-year-old Robin Butter (Robin Buttery) was diagnosed with ” Parkinson’s disease“Two years ago, shortly before his 44th birthday. With this disease, physical exercises are useful – they somewhat weaken external manifestations (tremor, spasms, problems with walking), but for some reason they do not help to reduce internal ones. Robin, along with the rest of the crew, plans to find out if long-term loads will help with his illness: men will row without stop, changing every two hours. They will come from Eastern Australia, and the final destination for them will be Mauritius.

A man with Parkinson's disease will pass on oars through the Indian Ocean

Travel will shoot video cameras (and broadcast it in real time), and for what will happen to the patient, will be observed by scientists from Oxford University of Brooks (Oxford Brookes University). After the end of the hike, they will analyze how Robin’s movements and his healthy companions will change during the entire time of shooting, and also how a certain diet will affect the patient’s condition. There is a possibility that swimming will disclose some of the secrets of Parkinson’s disease – in particular, how nutrition and sport affect its course . In any case, this will be a serious test for both Robin and his colleagues: they are waiting for a constant lack of sleep, monotonous work and many dangers of the open ocean.

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