The family of FOX 2 meteorologist, Jessia Starr, opens up about her sudden death just two months after she went in for LASIK eye surgery.
Jessica’s husband Dan and two children, 5-year-old son, Noah, and 3-year-old daughter, Riley, are in deep shock and find it hard to believe that such a vibrant person would take her own life after suffering from eye surgery complications, reports FOX 2.
The widower said his wife left behind a series of video and a 30-page suicide note, which described her struggles in her final weeks.
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“Prior to the procedure, Jessica was completely normal, very healthy. There was no depression, there was no antidepressants, there was no underlying issue.
I want to make that absolutely clear. Jessica was incredibly normal – there wasn’t a long battle with depression. Again, there was no antidepressants, there was no alcohol abuse. There was nothing.”
Last December, Jessica died of hanging according to the medical examiner’s report, and Dan now believes side effects from his wife’s LASIK surgery caused her to make the decision to take her own life.
“She looked at me and she said, ‘Dan, it’s like my eyes and my brain aren’t communicating like they used to. I can’t process like I used to. I’m not visualizing things like I used to.'”
In the video her husband found on her phone she expressed regrets after her laser eye surgery had gone wrong. Jessica said in the video, reports “Good Morning America“:
“I’m really mad at myself for doing this. I don’t know why. I was fine in contacts. Glasses weren’t that big of a deal. It was fine.”
Last October, Jessica underwent a Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) eye procedure to correct her nearsightedness.
According to ABC 15, investigations have revealed that at least three patients have taken their own life after suffering from LASIK complications. The FDA reports that more than 700 complaints described pain “worse than childbirth.”
Dad said he sharing Jessica’s story to raise awareness about the risks associated with the routine procedure. He told GMA:
“We want to try to help somebody. If we can save one life and at least make somebody aware, even a spouse, if a husband gets this procedure, I want the wife to just watch for signs.”
The husband said he is now focusing on the couple’s two children following his wife’s untimely death.
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