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On the search for rhabdomyolysis cases

Rhys Cooke and family are calling for members of the farming community who have suffered from rhabdomyolysis to get in touch.


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Rhys Cooke took the Blue Texel championship at the Royal Welsh Show in 2014.
Rhys Cooke took the Blue Texel championship at the Royal Welsh Show in 2014.

Members of the farming community who have suffered with the condition rhabdomyolysis are being urged to come forward by the Cooke family of Nantyderri Farm, near Raglan, Monmouthshire.

 

On Sunday 11 September, after taking the sheep interbreed at Usk Show the previous day, Rhys Cooke, was rushed to hospital.

 

Aged 22, Mr Cooke works on the family beef, sheep and arable farm in Llantilio Crossenny, Monmouthshire and up until then had been a healthy, hard-working and active farmer.

 

His condition was diagnosed as rhabdomyolysis - a muscle degeneration of the whole body which causes acute kidney injury.

 

Within hours of enjoying himself at the show, he was critically ill, leading to a fight for his life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital.

 

While Mr Cooke is now recovering at home, the family hope to gain an understanding of what caused his illness.

 

Although doctors were able to identify Mr Cooke’s condition, it was hard for them to administer the correct treatment without knowing what had caused it.

 

Another local farmer, Rob Chandler, 33, also contracted a similar condition two years ago.

 

With both people affected by the condition working within agriculture and what had caused it remaining a mystery, the Cooke family have urged anyone else who has been affected with rhabdomyolysis to contact them on 01600 780568.

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