BBC Breakfast fans in tears as Mike Tindall opens up on dad’s Parkinson’s battle

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Mike Tindall has moved BBC Breakfast viewers to tears as he discussed his father's battle with Parkinson's disease.

The former Rugby star, 42, appeared on a pre-recorded segment of the BBC series on Thursday, during which he spoke about his dad Phillip's experience with the degenerative condition.

Phillip was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003, with Mike speaking out in an effort to encourage more families to talk openly about how the disease has impacted them.

Zara Tindall's husband also confirmed that he had launched a new support scheme for Parkinson's sufferers and was connecting with other people currently living with the diagnosis.

On the programme, Mike shared his hopes that a database would be created for sufferers to share their symptoms and experiences with Parkinson's.

He said: "Obviously, doctors and neurologists are going to differ in their advice so you almost need to read the stories to actually figure out what's going to work for you, what's going to sit better with you, so I think that's definitely somewhere we could get to.

"A resource that people who are newly diagnosed or if people are walking the path and just at a plateau can go and try and tap into and up skill themselves a little."

BBC Breakfast viewers were profoundly affected by Mike's appearance on the programme.

Posting to Twitter, they praised Mike for his "moving and informative" segment.

One wrote: "Excellent to see Mike and Sally talking about this illness.

"My sister was diagnosed quite a few years ago and it's nice that more awareness is being made. Thank you."

Another commented: "So moving and informative.

"Great to see BBC Breakfast bringing us these such important deep dive stories rather than constant rolling news."

A third viewer added: "Fantastic that you've shown this, let's hope this feature raises more awareness, the end game must be to cure this disease.

"Thank you for showing this, hoping momentum will grow to make this a priority."

BBC Breakfast airs on BBC One.

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