Brave North Wales mum who ‘battled against all odds’ to beat Covid dies aged 53

A brave North Wales mum who defied the odds to beat Covid has died aged 53. Melissa Haythorne, who had multiple sclerosis, was positive right till the end, according to her grieving brother. Melissa had contracted the virus during the pandemic in October 2021 but pulled through. However, more recently her overall health declined and she passed away on May 28.

Now her family has set up an appeal to help her children – son Lucas, now 13, has Down’s syndrome and her daughter Jasmine, eleven – with donations from the people of Prestatyn and beyond already pouring in. Born in Kingston upon Thames. Melissa and her family moved to North Wales when she was around three years-old and she attended attended Gronant primary school and Prestatyn high school.

Her brother Andrew Evans says Melissa was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 18. Before the diagnosis, Melissa had trained and become a skilled florist – working in Holywell and Flint and later independently – and continued to do this even after her diagnosis. But then Covid-19 struck the nation. He said: “In October 2021 she contracted Covid and sadly had to be ventilated for ten days.

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“With her health condition, it was incredibly unlikely that she would have survived this. But despite all the odds being stacked against her, and despite the doctors preparing to do a tracheotomy as a last resort due to the severity of the situation, Melissa somehow managed to turn a corner with her vitals and pulled through without it.

“Talking to her afterwards, she maintains that she pulled through in order to get back to the children who needed her.” She absolutely adored Lucas – her first child – and “completely immersed” herself in making his life her priority, says Andrew. Melissa was a fantastic example of someone who was dealt with adversity in her life and adapted things in order to care for the needs of others, according to her brother.

Melissa Haythorne with her children Lucas, 13 and eleven-year-old Jasmine in happier times.(Image: Andrew Evans)

Her daughter Jasmine Neve Haythorne is “full of life” and an incredibly protective and caring little sister to Lucas. She had such a close relationship with her mum and was always by her side. She begins high school in September.

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