Tragedy-hit Worthing family aids war on mesothelioma
Hazel Mann with Jason , Georgina , Clifford , Toby and Carman. W27023H11.
Published on Tuesday 12 July 2011 02:05
A WORTHING woman whose husband died from an asbestos-related cancer is raising awareness of the disease in a bid to fund treatment and warn people of its dangers.
Peter Mann sadly died from mesothelioma on June 14 this year, aged 69, after being diagnosed with the illness only months earlier.
He had, in the mid-1950s, come into contact with asbestos when he worked as an apprentice plumber.
But, as is common with mesothelioma, the disease remained dormant until January this year when he and his wife, Hazel Mann, received the devastating news of his terminal diagnosis.
Hazel, of Limbrick Lane, said her husband “kept fighting until the end” despite the “horrendous” pain of his condition.
The 63-year-old said: “When he was diagnosed they asked him if he wanted to know how long he had to live and he said ‘no’.
“The morning before he died, he was in so much pain but he kept trying to get up to walk – it was horrendous.
“He didn’t want to die and he kept fighting until the end.
“My mother had lung cancer and it was bad, but she was in nothing like the pain my husband was.
“You just can’t imagine what it was like.”