Thursday February 20, 2020

Redemption songs

Muscular dystrophy robbed Fergus O’Farrell’s muscles of their strength, but it has failed to sap his songs of their power

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
4th June, 2011

Just before Christmas, Fergus O’Farrell nearly died.

He developed serious pneumonia - it was the sixth time he’d had pneumonia - and a kidney stone.

He was on a ventilator in hospital for 20 days. But O’Farrell doesn’t have much interest in talking about his near-death experience. He faces down those threats most days of his life.

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