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  • 29 June 2014, 5:26

Dying Man's Video Advice For Daughter

A man dying from Motor Neurone Disease is making video messages for his three-year-old daughter to watch when she has grown up.

Ian Pratt's videos cover subjects like boys and money management.

Mr Pratt, from Barnsley, was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and knew the only way he would be able to talk to his daughter Georgiana when she reached her teenage years was to make recordings of his words.

He told Sky News: "I never thought that we would have children. It was never something we planned to do. It was just something that happened and I'm pleased it did.

"But it's just the thought that I won't be there to protect her and to nurture her and to do those things that a father would normally do.

"No one survives this. Everyone who gets a diagnosis dies. Some people die quickly. Some people go on for five, ten years. Some might live longer."

He has gone public with his story to raise awareness of the disease and the Motor Neurone Disease Association which helps people like him and carries out research.

His wife Catherine supports what he is doing.

She told Sky News: "I'll probably end up sitting with Georgiana when she gets older but it will just be a sob story for me. I'll be in tears."

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