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Suicide of the doctor who cared too much; HUSBAND BLAMES STRESS.

Byline: PATRICK MULCHRONE

A STRESSED doctor hanged herself, depressed that she could not do more to heal her patients.

Dedicated Dawn Harris, 38, ended her life after discussing an African safari holiday with husband Michael and watching him play cricket.

Michael, who found the body of his wife when he returned home from a drink with his friends, said: "Dawn was a perfectionist.

"She became depressed because of the stress of the job she longed to do, and also because she couldn't do more to help heal people.

"She judged everything she did too highly. She cared for everyone and loved her job. Dawn threw most of her time into her patients. She was totally dedicated."

Baffled by his wife's suicide, he added: "That morning, she watched me play cricket. Then we came home and discussed our holiday before I popped out for drinks with the cricket team.

"But there was nothing to suggest what she planned. There was no trigger, it was all cumulative. It was like she was trying to conceal it.

"I found her when I returned. There was no note." Yesterday web designer Michael, 38, was being comforted by his parents at his home in Holcombe Brook, near Bury, Greater Manchester.

Nature lover Dawn enjoyed African safaris so much she worked extra hard so she could take seven weeks holiday a year. She and her husband were planning to revisit the continent in November.

Dawn read medicine for three years at St Andrews University.

She then moved to Manchester University where she graduated as a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. As part of her training she worked as a junior doctor at Bury and Fairfield general hospitals. She also spent time at Minden Medical Centre, in Bury, under the guidance of family doctors Derek and Patricia Fletcher.

Both GPs said they were shocked by her death.

Dr Fletcher said: "Dawn was enthusiastic, hard working, energetic and attractive.

"When she left we missed her vibrance, laughter and clinical competence. Her death is a great loss to general practice and her patients."

An inquest will be held.

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DEDICATED: Safari lover Dawn, also right, with her husband Michael during a holiday in South Africa
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