Father of five on why he’s taking part in pulmonary trial

A visual representation of damaged lungs.A formerwelding inspector and father of five is taking part in the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease trial.

The 74-year-old thinks effective management of his moderate COPD is crucial to maintaining an active lifestyle.

“I want to be able to enjoy everyday life,’’ said the man who preferred to remain anonymous.

‘‘That means playing with my seven grandchildren, walking the dog twice a day, playing bowls four times a week and regularly mowing the lawn and caring for my garden.’’

The ex-rugby league player and boxer worked as a welding inspector, particularly on submarines, for 50 years and believed he was ‘‘sucking in fumes and dust on the job’’.

He began wheezing roughly 25 years ago, but was diagnosed with COPD only six months ago after visiting a doctor. He said that he had not been to a doctor for about 40 years.

‘‘Perhaps if I had seen a doctor when my wheezing problem began, my COPD wouldn’t be as bad now.’’

The man said he learned about the COPD trial through his doctor during one of his regular check-ups and said the experience benefited him and the community.

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