Dad on the brink of death

Mudmuncher 4x4 off-road club members celebrate as Tim Wedlake and Sue Jackson (right of cheque) present �1,244.54 the club raised for the Kidney Research UK charity to Dale Fisher and his partner, Kelly Back, and their daughter, Leoni.
Mudmuncher 4x4 off-road club members celebrate as Tim Wedlake and Sue Jackson (right of cheque) present �1,244.54 the club raised for the Kidney Research UK charity to Dale Fisher and his partner, Kelly Back, and their daughter, Leoni.
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Members of a Fenland-based off-road club rallied together after one of its members discovered he was potentially days from death.

The Mudmuncher 4x4 off-road club, based in Tydd Gote, has raised more than £1,200 at a charity event in Dale Fisher’s honour, after he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

The 27-year-old builder believed he was fighting fit, until he was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition following a chance health check at his place of work.

Doctors said the father-of-one could have died any day without treatment, and he will now need a kidney transplant within the next two years.

Tests carried out after the health check revealed Mr Fisher’s kidneys to be working at just 15 per cent – compared to 90 per cent for someone of his age with healthy kidneys.

Mr Fisher said: “I had no clue anything was wrong with me at all. But if I hadn’t have had the health check, I might not even be here now.”

The medical test for employees of a building site in Cambridge was held last month. It revealed high blood pressure, a symptom of kidney disease, and Mr Fisher was advised to see his GP as soon as possible.

He made an appointment and had a blood test – and just hours later he was undergoing tests at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Mr Fisher said: “The doctor phoned me with the results and told me I needed to go to hospital straightaway.”

He spent seven days at the QEH, before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where a biopsy revealed his antibodies were attacking his kidneys.

Mr Fisher is now taking medication to prevent his blood pressure from causing further damage to his kidneys.

He now faces further tests and monitoring until a suitable kidney donor can be found.

In the wake of his diagnosis, the Mudmuncher 4x4 club held a charity truck event at Freethorpe, near Great Yarmouth, and raised £1,244.34 for Kidney Research UK.

Club founder Tim Wedlake said: “Dale and his dad are well-liked members of the club and we wanted to do something to help.”

He said the event was a huge success and the club had been “overwhelmed” by everyone’s generosity.