A Wirral woman has spoken of her fear and heartbreak upon learning that her dad and a doctor tried to resuscitate her baby brother when he died of a disease they share.

Faye Wylie was just three when her 19-month-old brother Sammy was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a group of conditions that affect energy, muscles and brain function. Sammy died a month later.

Speaking of her diagnosis at 12, she told the ECHO : "When I heard about his battle and realised I had the same condition, I was scared about how it would affect my future, it being genetic with no cure, no treatment and degenerative."

Over a decade later, she was blind.

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Faye, now 31, told the ECHO : "When I was 23, I had a bad chest infection. After that, my eyes started to deteriorate.

"I monitored it by watching TV. Within six months of the chest infection, I could no longer see the TV."

The energy used to fight off the chest infection had sapped her vision.

After months of trouble and tests, Faye saw an eye doctor who told her they optic nerve was damaged beyond repair.

Faye, from Prenton, Birkenhead, told the ECHO : "Being visually impaired, I can't see faces, so it makes socialising hard. Before the sight loss, I drove, I loved photography, writing and art."

Her mother supports her to live independently.

Eager to help others in her situation, Faye is cycling 5km to raise money for the Leigh Network, a group she set up to help people with mitochondrial disease and their families.

Taking from her experience with feeling isolated after her diagnosis, the group runs support groups and days out for families to places like Cadbury World and Legoland, and they organise talks by doctors.

Faye told the ECHO : "I decided to do a 5k on a three-wheeler bike to inspire other disabled people to have a go at something that may be out of their comfort zone.

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"As a child I loved bike riding, but when I became a wheelchair user, I thought this wouldn't be possible again, until Wheels for All showed me that it was possible and kindly lent me a bike to do the 5k.

"When I am cycling, it's like a feeling of freedom. 5k is a big challenge as with my health problems, I do get exhausted, but I wanted to challenge myself."

Faye will cycle 5km around Birkenhead Park starting from the Ashville Road entrance on Sunday, September 26.

You can donate to her GoFundMe here.