A PARENT has paid tribute to a 'lovely' doctor following his passing.
Chris Key, of Heathway, in Hatton, contacted the Mail to praise the role that Dr Michael Stokes played in caring for her two children. She said: "When our daughter Sharon was six, she had terrible headaches and our GP was concerned.
"She rang Dr Stokes at the hospital, to be told he was on holiday. She still contacted him – at home – and he came out to our house."
Sharon was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, a muscle-wasting disease of the nervous system. Mrs Key added: "Dr Stokes saw Sharon every three months then noticed Haydn, our son, was showing similar signs, so he went for the tests too.
"He continued to see them in clinic on a regular basis and, when we wanted to pursue an alternative treatment, he told us that he could not really agree with it, but said if it was his children he would be trying anything and wished us well.
"When Haydn became ill he had him on the children's ward, even though he was 17."
Haydn died in 1993.
Mrs Key added: "We have seen Dr Stokes in past years, out and about – he always remembered us.
"He was upset to hear of Sharon's passing too in 2009.
"He was a lovely gentle, gentleman – the children never feared going to see him."
Dr Stokes died last month at the age of 75.