Some of our key editors and supporters at Muscle Owl have spinal muscular atrophy, and consequently, it is a condition which we talk about frequently. Whether it is hard facts about the nature of the SMA itself, disability rights campaigns, or even talking funny annecdotes, our episodes regularly provide insight on the condition in all its various forms.
Some facts on SMA:
There are four main types of SMA, which start at different ages. Some types cause more serious problems than others. . Patients with type 1 rarely survive beyond the first few years of life. Most children with type 2 survive into adulthood and can live long, fulfilling lives. Types 3 and 4 don't usually affect life expectancy.
Around 100 children are born with SMA each year. There may be between 2,000 – 2,500 children and adults in the UK living with SMA.