A Warwickshire mum has revealed how she sourced illegal cannabis oil in a desperate bid to save her son who was battling cancer.
Matthew Bates died at the age of 27 of a rare form of kidney cancer just a day after marrying his girlfriend of nine years in his hospital bed.
His mum Louise, from Leamington, revealed the desperate measures she had taken to try to keep the huge Coventry City fan alive as she released a book full of heartbreaking letters she has penned to him since his death.
Letters To Matthew: Life After Loss has been released on what would have been the year of his 30th birthday.
Matthew, who was also a talented journalist and a musician, underwent a trial for a new drug at Europe’s largest cancer centre in Manchester before Louise started looking into cannabis oil, which other sufferers have claimed can cure