Tipping the scales at 36 stone, Joanne Merchant was told she would die within a year unless she lost a significant amount of weight.She decided to have a gastric band fitted and it changed her life.Joanne lost an incredible 28st, dropping to 8st 5lb and a size 10, and was finally able to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother – twice over. But her slimming success came at a bitter price.Complications meant the 46-year-old needed further bariatric surgery, from which she never fully recovered.

Finally her husband Aijaz, known as AJ, made the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support machine.Heartbroken AJ, from St Saviour, Jersey, is now bringing up their two children Harvey, 14, and Honor, 2, alone.He says: “We still talk about her every day. We often look at the last photograph of all four of us together.“I’ve had to put my grief aside to ­concentrate on them and keep life normal, but it’s not easy.”

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