Mum’s praise for hospital staff

Walkers for Dylan Winstanley at Alder Hey
Walkers for Dylan Winstanley at Alder Hey

A YOUNG mum who broke down in tears when doctors diagnosed her baby son with an ultra-rare genetic disorder has told of her delight at raising more than £800 for the two causes closest to her heart.

Samantha Round was devastated when medics told her that her son, Dylan, had PKU (Phenylketonuria) - a condition which rendered him unable to digest protein.

But now, a year on, little Dylan is doing just fine, all thanks to the help and support of top dieticians at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

No wonder then that Samantha, 26, of Sutton, organised a special sponsored walk from St Helens town centre to Alder Hey to raise funds both for the hospital and the National Society for Phenylketonuria.

She said: “My little boy was diagnosed with PKU when he was just a couple of weeks old. I broke down in tears straight away – I just couldn’t take the news in.

“But the staff at Alder Hey have been absolutely fantastic with us. They’ve helped me to deal with one thing at a time.”

Dylan was diagnosed with PKU barely a fortnight after he was born on 11/11/11. If untreated, it can lead to seizures and other serious medical problems.

To manage it, Dylan must only ingest a strict protein-restricted diet supplemented by a medical formula containing amino acids and other nutrients.

Samantha organised an eight-mile sponsored walk to Liverpool alongside a dozen members of family and friends on September 30.

Together, they raised £827.

She added: “It took us nearly four hours to complete the walk but we were determined to start together and finish together. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part in the walk and everyone who donated.”