FATHER-OF-TWO from Wirral has become the latest victim of swine flu.
David Hanson, of Willaston, Wirral, fell ill before Christmas while enjoying a meal with his family to celebrate his 59th birthday on December 16.
The Liverpool City Council marketing manager at first thought he had caught a bad cold which developed into a chest infection, But on the morning of December 23 he was "delirious", according to Carol, his wife of thirty years.
He was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition.
The Liverpool FC fan died on New Year’s Eve when his organs failed. His family was beside him.
Mrs Hanson, 54, said: "David was healthy. He did pilates every night for a bad back and enjoyed going for walks.
"He was a fit man. When he first went into hospital they asked me if he was a smoker, or if he had asthma.
"But he was healthy and looked after himself.
"They said the pneumonia he developed had made his lungs like concrete."
Medics on the intensive care ward at Arrowe Park did all they could for Mr Hanson.
He is one of at least nine people on Merseyside to die from the H1N1 virus this winter.More information