A ‘shell shocked’ mum has paid tribute to her son who died suddenly two weeks after being admitted to hospital with back pain.
Mark Brady, 43, of Gloucester Avenue, Accrington was admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Friday, September 5 after a blood test revealed he had low levels of red blood cells.
In the two weeks following Mark’s admission he was moved to critical care and was placed on life support after succumbing to pneumonia.
Mum Eileen Griffiths was called at her home in Dale Street, Accrington in the early hours of Friday, September 19 and told that Mark had suffered a bleed to the brain.
She was told that as a result he had become ‘brain dead’ and therefore the life support would be turned off.
It was discovered after Mark had died that he had been suffering from cancer.
Eileen, 63, said the death of Mark, who was a former Rhyddings High School pupil, had ‘left a massive hole’ in her family.
She said: “His death has come as a massive shock, we are all devastated. It has left a massive hole.”
Eileen said that her son, who worked as a manager at Express Gifts, had been complaining of stomach and back pain before visiting his GP for blood tests.
She said: “They were treating him for two weeks and they did not know what was wrong.
“He had been to the doctors for a blood test and they found that his platelets were low, and he was told he needed to have a blood transfusion.
“He went in to the hospital on the Friday and by the Wednesday he had been placed in critical care.
“He was having problems breathing and they found that he had pneumonia.
“What made everything worse was that we did not know what was wrong, when I got the call on Friday it was devastating.”
Eileen paid tribute to her son, who was a ‘mad Liverpool FC fan’. She said: “He loved Liverpool, he would go to all their home games. Growing up he used to play for Lancashire Boys, but had stop due to his asthma. He was a loving son and we were very close, we would talk every day.”
Mark leaves family including mum Eileen and dad John, stepfather Mick and stepmother Julie, daughter Danielle and granddaughter Ava, brothers John, Michael and Shaun and sisters Debbie, Vicky, Gemma and Carly.
His funeral service is due to be held on Wednesday, October 1 at Accrington Crematorium. The family have asked for those attending to wear something red.