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What is Mitochondrial Disease?

Well if you need an excuse to stay in bed… Sunday September 25 is National Stay in Bed Day.

Most of us love any reason to spend extra time between the sheets to relax with a book or have a nap. But for the estimated 120,000 Australians who have mitochondrial disease, bed can become a prison as it becomes near impossible to leave it.


Mitochondria are part of every cell in your body, and they turn the food we eat into energy the body can use. If your body can’t produce this energy, your organs systems can fail. It’s a debilitating and fatal genetic disease.

Sean Murray is the CEO of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Sean spoke to Ninah Kopel.

Image: Daniel Horacio Agostini on Flickr.

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