Tom wouldn't have imagined that his girlfriend's fake tan - which he always griped about - would one day help save his life.
His girlfriend Jo Ventham was a die-hard fan of fake tan, no matter how much her boyfriend moaned about the smell.
And it was this smell that helped get him out of coma he's been in for 9 days.
Tom was attacked on a night out that left him fighting for life. He was in a coma and on a life-support machine after been head butted by a man following an argument.
Like any other girlfriend Jo wanted him to get out of the coma and get well soon, and she hoped that smothering smell of her fake tan could do the needful.
"Tom had always moaned about the smell of it. And I knew that if he could smell anything at all he'd pick up on that and know I was there," the Mirror quoted her as saying.
According to Jo, who has been going out with Tom for three-and-a-half years, doctors said while he's still in coma he might be able to smell things.
"They also told us he might be able to smell things, so I decided I would try my best to let him know I was with him," said Jo.
Jo used to douse herself in familiar scents - using her favourite shampoo and applying her favourite Nina Ricci perfume. She even went for fake tan.
It did work and Tom finally woke up.