“I said, ‘I’ve got something for you’. Then Harvey and Honor poked their heads round the corner. I’d never seen Jo so happy.” But a week before Christmas, Jo had a heart attack. And, last January doctors said there was nothing more they could do.AJ recalls: “They said she had six weeks to live. I felt sick. I wanted to scream but had to hold it together for the kids.”The next day, Joanne was flown back to Jersey General Hospital so her family could be by her side. “Harvey and Honor spent hours sat with their mum just giggling and chatting,” says AJ. But doctors said her condition had ­deteriorated on the flight over and she had hours left. The next morning the hospital called.

AJ says: “It was just the ventilator and drugs keeping her with us. I arranged for someone to look after the children because I wanted their final memory of her to be the smiling star they’d seen the day before.”At the hospital, AJ held his wife’s hand and recalls: “I said, ‘It’s time now, you know there’s nothing they can do.’ Then I said my goodbyes, they turned the machines off and five minutes later she was gone.“I went home and waited for the children then did the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do – tell them that their mum had gone. They didn’t understand. They kept saying, ‘But we only saw her yesterday.’”Last year, coroner Viscount Michael Wilkins ruled that Joanne’s death was due to ­complications associated with the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass in 2008.