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Ex-Northern Ireland star Cassidy has Alzheimer's: Wife of World Cup ace opens up about battle with disease

Devoted wife of former NI World Cup star Tommy Cassidy opens up about his battle with Alzheimer's and why she is raising awareness of his condition

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Tommy Cassidy at his desk during his time as a manager

Tommy Cassidy at his desk during his time as a manager

Tommy Cassidy at his desk during his time as a manager

The wife of former Northern Ireland World Cup hero and Glentoran manager Tommy Cassidy has opened up about the ex-footballer's 'heartbreaking' battle with Alzheimer's disease.

In a frank, honest and emotional interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Rosemary Cassidy has spoken about how the irreversible, progressive brain disorder, which is the most common type of dementia in the UK, has impacted on 70-year-old Tommy who, having been diagnosed with the illness in 2017, now only has a 'very short memory span'.

Tommy's wife adds that fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have increased worry and that his condition has become "progressively worse".


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