AMA SA president Michelle Atchison ‘shattered’ over daughter’s sudden death

Madeleine AchenzaNCA NewsWire
Caillin Atchison with her mother, Michelle and father, Barry. Facebook
Camera IconCaillin Atchison with her mother, Michelle and father, Barry. Facebook Credit: Supplied

Australian Medical Association SA president Michelle Atchison has revealed her only daughter died in her sleep this week.

She tweeted on Thursday evening her 26-year-old daughter Caillin had “never woke up” on Wednesday

“The light in our life has gone out. My beautiful and only daughter died yesterday,” Dr Atchison said.

“It was so utterly unexpected and my husband and my hearts are shattered,” she said.

“I really don’t know what to do.”

Supplied Editorial Caillin Atchison with her mother, Michelle and father, Barry.
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Camera IconCaillin Atchison with her mother, Michelle and father, Barry. Facebook Credit: Supplied

SA Health Minister Chris Picton was among hundreds of Twitter users who sent their condolences to Dr Atchison.

“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 said.

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Camera IconDr Michelle Atchison’s 26-year-old daughter has died in her sleep, sparking an outpouring of condolences. Tricia Watkinson Credit: News Corp Australia

Jo McManus shared her family’s story of grief.

“I don’t know you Michelle but I’m so, so sorry for your loss,” she tweeted.

“We lost our beautiful 20 year old son in 2015 – suddenly, unexpectedly and we still don’t know why. Surround yourself with loving friends and family. And celebrate your gorgeous girl, always.”

Dr Atchison replied with a broken heart emoji.

“I’m so so sorry. It’s awful to share such pain,” she responded.

Andrew McAlindon also opened up with his harrowing experience.

“I’m so sorry to hear that. Our beautiful 32 year old GP Registrar son was taken last year from the side effects of Bleomycin lung poisoning after only two months,” he posted.

“No one can understand what you are going through. Hoping you receive support and love from friends and family.”The top doctor responded to him: “Thank you Andrew. That is an awful bond to have.”

Originally published as AMA SA president Michelle Atchison ‘shattered’ over daughter’s sudden death

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