Dad’s devastating diagnosis after falling off bar stool while drinking a cup of tea

A dad was given a devastating diagnosis after he fell off a bar stool when drinking tea.

Jeremy Atkin suddenly collapsed at a Holiday Inn bar, having travelled from his home in East Sussex to London with his two daughters and nephew to see a concert.

The 58-year-old builder was rushed to hospital and instead of enjoying Coldplay, scans found a massive tumour in his brain, The Liverpool Echo reported.

The “popular” dad was able to have the tumour removed only to be rocked with the news that his cancer had progressed to stage 4 cancer glioblastoma.

It is now feared that he only has between 12 and 18 months left to live, despite vigorous treatment.

His daughter Jade, 25, said: “It is scary because they’ve (doctors) said this tumour is the most aggressive type of tumour you can get.

“They’ve said it is the rarest cancer, but also the least funded in terms of treatment so it is unfortunate.

“What is really frustrating is that he is such a fit and healthy man. He has been fine and there have been no signs he was going to collapse like that.”

The Liverpool-mad-dad has suffered multiple clots in his lung since the diagnosis which has weakened his body and delayed treatment.

The dad had been due to start his cancer treatment last week but was sadly too weak to do so because of the clots.

Jade said: “Importantly, this means his cancer treatment has been delayed. They’ve given him another week to see how his condition is because, if his oxygen levels don’t improve, he will only be able to have three weeks of treatment.

“The doctors said that usually prolongs life by 12 to 18 months whereas we’d have to prepare for much less time if he gets three weeks of treatment.”

The family is crowdfunding to secure Jeremy’s private care at London Oncology Clinic in Harley Street, central London, which would extend Jeremy’s life even after three weeks of treatment.

An East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said: “While we cannot discuss individual patient circumstances, we are sorry to hear that Mr Atkin and his family are not satisfied with his recent care. We will be contacting them directly to discuss their concerns.”