Worried dad told he was ‘overthinking’ before daughter’s surprise diagnosis

A dad has told he was ‘overthinking’ before daughter’s surprise diagnosis.

Dale Mellor and his partner Jess faced an agonising wait of several months after his daughter Ayda came into the world.

Medical experts then put his new-born child through a number of tests before the couple were given the news.

She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and David and his partner also found out they were carriers of the disease without realising.

Dale of Belper, Derbyshire told DerbyshireLive: “The diagnosis was hard, Ayda’s result from her heel prick meant that she needed more blood tests doing, at this point, we both were researching and seeing many symptoms in her.”

Now Mr Mellor and his partner, Jess, are hoping to raise awareness of the disease, for which there is currently no cure, and also try to improve the lack of knowledge surrounding it.

“Even a professional didn’t know anything about cystic fibrosis and it was kind of left up to us to diagnose it.”

The condition is is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.

Symptoms include wheezing, coughing with thick mucus, bulky, greasy bowel movements and very salty sweat.

When the first tests for Ayda, who’s now seven months old, came back the family were told that she was just a carrier and they could feel “relieved”.

But further examinations and a feeling Dale’s partner had meant that they continued to ask questions.

He said: “We went back and forth to the doctor about Ayda’s symptoms, we were told over and over that her brother must have brought a virus home from nursery…that we were overthinking.”

Their doctor referred them back to the hospital one last time to make sure and the appointment changed everything.

Dale added: “From there, we were offered a sweat test, essentially to rule out CF.

“Only, it didn’t. It confirmed that Ayda does in fact have cystic fibrosis.”

Dale, an aerospace engineer, admits hearing that news was hard for himself and the family:

He said: “The news was hard to digest for us, my partner, Jess, was relieved as well that somebody had listened to us.”

As part of his bid to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis, Dale, who loves his cars, is plans to do the NC500, a car race along Scotland’s ‘Route 66’ which covers 516 miles.

He has set up a JustGiving page to help him achieve that goal, but says his campaign isn’t about the money, it’s more about making people aware of the illness.

Dale added: “We are now wanting to raise funds for the charity [Cystic Fibrosis Trust] but more importantly, raise awareness.

“Awareness of cystic fibrosis, so that everyone knows the facts. And that just like anyone could be, we are the start of a family history of CF.”

For Dale, Jess, and Ayda, despite the diagnosis they’re enjoying being one happy family.

He said: “We were not overthinking, we were not worrying too much, we were doing what we thought best for our daughter.

“Our daughter is amazing and she is thriving and developing perfectly as so many others are and continue to do.”

Dale added: “From there, we were offered a sweat test, essentially to rule out CF.

“Only, it didn’t. It confirmed that Ayda does in fact have cystic fibrosis.”

Dale, an aerospace engineer, admits hearing that news was hard for himself and the family:

He said: “The news was hard to digest for us, my partner, Jess, was relieved as well that somebody had listened to us.”

As part of his bid to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis, Dale, who loves his cars, is plans to do the NC500, a car race along Scotland’s ‘Route 66’ which covers 516 miles.

He has set up a JustGiving page to help him achieve that goal, but says his campaign isn’t about the money, it’s more about making people aware of the illness.

Dale added: “We are now wanting to raise funds for the charity [Cystic Fibrosis Trust] but more importantly, raise awareness.

“Awareness of cystic fibrosis, so that everyone knows the facts. And that just like anyone could be, we are the start of a family history of CF.”

For Dale, Jess, and Ayda, despite the diagnosis they’re enjoying being one happy family.

He said: “We were not overthinking, we were not worrying too much, we were doing what we thought best for our daughter.

“Our daughter is amazing and she is thriving and developing perfectly as so many others are and continue to do.”