Paul Daniels has decided to return home to see out his final days after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, his son has confirmed. The popular magician is sticking to his belief that when "it's your time it's your time" as he spends his remaining time at his Berkshire home surrounded by his family, Martin Daniels told the Sunday Mirror.
Paul, 77, was initially taken to hospital two weeks after a fall, where it was suspected he had had a stroke. However, after a scan, the brain tumour was discovered. Paul was offered radiotherapy but turned it down when he was told there was no chance it would extend his life, his son said.
Paul Daniels has returned home to see out his final days
"There is no treatment which can help him, Doctors haven't said how many weeks or months he might have, and we haven't asked," Martin added. "He knows things are not in his hands now and we are living in the knowledge every day is a bonus. It is unbearably difficult. He has said before when it's your time it's your time, and that's how he is trying to face up to things."
Martin, who is also a magician, cut short a tour in Argentina after receiving a call from Paul's wife Debbie. He said his father had remained upbeat while in hospital undergoing tests, which later revealed he had a rapidly growing brain tumour.
"A couple of days after I arrived to see dad in hospital he was up and walking about trying to cheer up all the other patients. He said to me, 'Right I am going to have a wander round now and see if everyone is all right'," Martin revealed.
The star is being cared for by his wife of 27 years, Debbie McGee
"He went round the beds saying hello, making jokes. He sat at the nurses' stations. He was doing a little ditty by the door to the ward saying, 'Roll up, roll up, visiting time is over folks'."
Following his diagnosis, Paul made the decision to return home, where his wife Debbie has been by his side.
"He's happy there - some days he is tired and spends most of his time in bed dozing. But even then he is happy," Martin said, adding Paul was "lucid" and the family were moved by the support from fans.
"We are very grateful and all of us are genuinely touched. It is giving us tremendous strength at what is a very difficult time."