The daughter of one of South Australia’s top doctors suddenly passed away in her sleep at age 26.
Australian Medical Association South Australia president Michelle Atchison revealed on Twitter that her daughter Caillin had died on Wednesday.
“The light in our life has gone out. My beautiful and only daughter died yesterday. She never woke up,” Dr. Atchison wrote on Thursday.
The light in our life has gone out. My beautiful and only daughter died yesterday. She never woke up. It was so utterly unexpected and my husband and my hearts are shattered. I really don’t know what to do.
— Michelle Atchison (@michelleatchi15) May 12, 2022
Head of Australian Medical Association’s SA branch, Dr. Michelle Atchison, 'shattered' following the "sudden" death of her daughter, 26…
"She never woke up. It was so utterly 'unexpected'…I really don’t know what to do"…
— Dr. James E. Olsson (@DrJamesOlsson) May 12, 2022
AMA SA president Michelle Atchison reveals death of daughter Caillin. She was only 26.
I’ve read 4 “died in their sleep” stories in the last 24 hours alone. ☹️ https://t.co/j2sdaXRfIS
— COVID VACCINE INJURIES .COM (@Storiesofinjury) May 12, 2022
Daily Mail reported:
Dr Atchison had become a public spokesperson for nurses and hospital staff during the Covid pandemic.
She was critical of South Australia easing its border closure on November 23, warning the reopening would place further strain on the health system.
She also presented the latest report into South Australia’s healthcare system that revealed a crippling shortage of healthcare staff and beds in hospitals.
News of her recent loss sparked an outpouring of grief from social media users and public figures alike.
SA Health Minister Chris Picton shared his heartbreaking in a touching post.
‘Michelle this is so absolutely awful and shocking. I am devastated for your loss. Sending love to your family at this incredibly difficult time,’ he wrote.
Dr Atchison was concerned South Australia was reopening its borders too soon when it welcomed back tourists last November.
South Australia had intended to lift its borders when 80 per cent of its residents were double vaccinated.
The state had not reached the milestone before it decided to reopen.
Dr Atchison warned the decision had been made too soon and that Covid cases would rise drastically.
‘Covid will come into South Australia and we are worried about how the health system is going to manage it,’ she said.
‘The sad reality is there are going to be cases coming in, whether it is this week or the next couple of weeks, we are likely to see some cases happening before Christmas.’