Surfing is No Less than Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Patient
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects around 7,000 people across the globe. The severe lung condition does not have any cure. But there are ways a person can try to soothe the symptoms and one of them is surfing.
In this condition, thick mucus gets deposited in the lungs and other parts of the body. Cystic fibrosis is considered to be a deadly condition. But around 10 years ago, researchers noticed a difference in their patients who used to surf. These patients were able to breathe much easily then those patients, who did not surf.
Studies were carried out on the topic and it was found that a saline solution can act as a treatment for cystic fibrosis. The revelation led to the establishment of organizations like the Mauli Ola Foundation. The organization pairs its surfers with patients.
Surfing is said to lubricate the airways of patients and that too in a natural manner. The Montelone family is also taking help of surfing to calm this deadly condition. Out of the family's five children, three have been affected by cystic fibrosis.
Since the time, they have come to know what surfing means for a cystic fibrosis patient, the family travels at least once a week to the beach. During their beach trip, the family spends few days, enjoying camping and surfing.
Michael, Brooke, and Gavin are the ones who suffer from the disease in the Montelone family. Effect of surfing can also be seen in medical test reports. Michael said things go well in summers, but the pattern drops in the winter.
Grace Montelone, is not affect by the condition, but his twin brother Gwin is said, "The treatment isn't what bugs me. It's how I hear stories of how kids die from CF at a young age. It makes me feel scared about my brothers and sisters".
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