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Healthy Brisbane father-of-two can’t lift kids after he was struck down by muscle-wasting disease

A Brisbane mum faces life without her husband after an incurable muscle-deteriorating disease struck down the healthy dad out of nowhere.

Sherie McGowen, 40, said that when the couple, who have two children, were given the grim news it was the darkest and scariest moment in her life. 

Her husband Johnny McGowen, 41, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – a terminal motor neurone disease – in July last year.

Mr McGowen’s illness is more aggressive than what doctors initially thought, with the dad admitting ‘I can’t hold my girls anymore’ just 10 months after his diagnosis.

Mr McGowen said he and his wife Sherie (pictured) spent ‘half a lifetime’ looking for each other

A GoFundMe page for the family (pictured with baby Riley and their elder daughter Darcy) has reached the halfway mark to raise $750,000 to support the family. Their savings have been 'depleted' since Mr McGowen's illness came on

A GoFundMe page for the family (pictured with baby Riley and their elder daughter Darcy)…


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