Captain Tom’s daughter recalls his final moments as family thought he’d survive

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Captain Sir Tom Moore's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore has shared her father's final moments, revealing her family believed he'd fight his illness and return home.

The war veteran died at the age of 100 on February 2, passing away in Bedford Hospital after a brief battle with coronavirus and pneumonia.

During an appearance on BBC Breakfast, which will be broadcast on Wednesday, Hannah reflected on her father Captain Tom's final days, which were spent under the care of the NHS.

Explaining her family believed he'd defeat the bout of ill-health, she told BBC's John Maguire: "I think that when he went into hospital we really all believed he'd come back out.

"We thought the oxygen would help, that he would be robust enough, [but] the truth is he just wasn't. He was old and he just couldn't fight it."

Hannah spoke to her father on the phone for the final time before his death, planning the meal she would prepare for him when he returned from the hospital.

She recalled: "I said to him in the last few days so what do you want to eat when you come home and we decided it was steak and chips.

"He was really excited about coming out for steak and chips and getting his frame back outside and his walker. The last real conversation was positive and about carrying on and that's a lovely place to be."

The Moore family has been hugely shaken by the loss of the centenarian, who bravely raised millions for the NHS last year with his walking campaign.

Captain Tom met Her Royal Highness in July of last year, where he received a knighthood in the Queen's first official engagement in person since the first lockdown.

Following news of his death earlier this month, tributes flooded for major figures, with everyone from Boris Johnson to the Queen paying their respects.

Discussing their family's heartache, Hannah added: "We've lost a huge part of our life […]

"Every time I go through a door I expect to hear him or see him. But the legacy is hope and joy […] let's not lose sight of the fact that for him this was all about tomorrow will be a good day and being hopeful and no reason to sit and mourn for too long."

Echoing her father's fighting spirit, she finished: "Get on with it. And make a good job of it."

Watch the full interview tomorrow morning, Wednesday 17 February, on BBC Breakfast at 8.10am on BBC One.

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