“We didn’t think it was the virus, because he didn’t have the typical symptoms,” his daughter, Rachel Hanlon, told Liverpool Echo.
“He had really severe stomach pains and he couldn’t keep any food down, but his chemo always used to upset his stomach.”
Then, one evening, Michael struggled to stand up in the bathroom and his wife, Susan, had had enough – she couldn’t see him suffer anymore.
Rachel added: “His breathing was really shallow and rapid. My mum phoned for an ambulance and he was taken into the Royal [Liverpool Hospital] at 8pm that night.”