Father-of-two, 52, dies five months after his unusually loud snoring was ...

A father-of-two died five months after his unusually loud snoring turned out to be a symptom of a brain tumour. 

Michael Mackay, 52, died on March 26 after being diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in October.

His widow, Trish Mackay, 50, told how she could hear Mr Mackay's snoring from downstairs in their house in Thurso, Caithness.

When she went up to see him she realised he was having a seizure. 

Mrs Mackay called an ambulance and her husband was rushed to Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

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The family then spent an agonising few months waiting for tests to be carried out - but all turned out to be inconclusive.

Michael Mackay, 52, died on March 26 after being diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in October

Michael Mackay, 52, died on March 26 after being diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in October

His widow, Trish Mackay, 50 (pictured together), told how she could hear Mr Mackay's snoring from downstairs in their home in Thurso, Caithness

His widow, Trish Mackay, 50 (pictured together), told how she could hear Mr Mackay's snoring from downstairs in their home in Thurso, Caithness

That was until late October, when a biopsy showed a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma.

Mr Mackay - who had no symptoms apart from loud snoring - was treated with chemotherapy in December in a bid to shrink it.

It meant he was able to see his daughter Leanne, 29, get engaged on Christmas Day.

But the treatment made him so irritable and tired that Mr Mackay decided it was detrimental to his quality of life and began palliative care in February. 

Mrs Mackay - who lost her mother to coronavirus just before Christmas after months of not seeing her due to travel restrictions - described 2020 as 'the worst year imaginable'.

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She said: 'I take great comfort from the fact that Michael wasn't in pain at the end.

When she went up to see him she realised he was having a seizure. Mrs Mackay (pictured with her husband) called an ambulance and her husband was rushed to Caithness General Hospital in Wick

When she went up to see him she realised he was having a seizure. Mrs Mackay (pictured with her husband) called an ambulance and her husband was rushed to Caithness General Hospital in Wick

Mr Mackay - who had no symptoms apart from loud snoring - was treated with chemotherapy in December in a bid to shrink it. It meant he was able to see his daughter Leanne, 29, (pictured with her father and brother Mark) get engaged on Christmas Day

Mr Mackay - who had no symptoms apart from loud snoring - was treated with chemotherapy in December in a bid to shrink it. It meant he was able to see his daughter Leanne, 29, (pictured with her father and brother Mark) get engaged on Christmas Day

'It's been hard to process everything though, especially in the context of the terrible year we've had with Covid.'

The couple had planned to celebrate their 25th anniversary last year, but plans were ruined due to lockdown. 

Mrs Mackay - who works as a travel consultant - said her husband was bounced between different hospitals in a bid to establish what was causing the loud snoring.

She said: 'I'd got up early one Sunday morning and couldn't believe how loud Michael's snoring was.

'He was

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