Friedreich’s ataxia is an inherited genetic disease of the central nervous system in which there is a progressive deterioration of coordination and muscle control. It’s inherited from both parents,
Initial symptoms include curvature of the spine (scoliosis), slurred speech and the ability to walk deteriorates. [Diagnosed by balance difficulty and absence of reflexes.]
Walking becomes awkward and unsteady. Problems with co-ordination, control and balance become an ever-increasing problem – until a wheelchair is required for mobility. Arm and hand movement also become uncoordinated and uncontrolled. Which remain problematic when a wheelchair is required.