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    Detroit TV meteorologist Jessica Starr (35) committed suicide by hanging herself after problems recovering from SMILE eye surgery

    https://www.thewrap.com/detroit-tv-m...th-by-suicide/

    Detroit TV meteorologist Jessica Starr, whose death was reported Thursday, hanged herself, the Oakland County Medical Examiner?s Office in Michigan told TheWrap on Thursday.

    A representative for the medical examiner?s office said that Starr?s cause of death was hanging, while the manner of death was determined to be suicide.

    Starr was 35.

    Starr?s station, WJBK Fox 2 in Detroit, addressed her death Thursday, calling the news ?heartbreaking.?

    ?Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life,? the station said on Twitter. ?All of us here are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.?

    Starr had maintained active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook before her death, and had spoken about her difficulty recovering from Lasik SMILE eye surgery in October.

    ?Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time. Will keep you updated,? she said in her last Twitter post almost a month ago.

    Born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Commerce Township, Starr had two meteorology degrees, one from Michigan State University and another from Mississippi State University.

    She is survived by her husband and their two children.
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    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2019...ing_from_LASIK

    https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...al/2406557002/

    She was the hometown kid who did her family proud, the bright-eyed ball of energy who dreamed of becoming a weather girl.

    In the end, Jessica Starr did more than dream.

    The driven, fiercely-focused girl went to college, studied hard and worked the TV circuit to become a successful Fox 2 meteorologist whose charisma and girl-next-door appeal captured the hearts of thousands, if not millions, of TV viewers across Metro Detroit.

    Along the way, she fell in love, got married and had two beautiful children.

    This is the Jessica Starr that friends and family chose to remember at a memorial service Saturday honoring a much-loved soul who left this world too soon.

    Starr, 35, died by suicide on Dec. 12, leaving behind her husband, Dan, two children, Noah, 5, and Riley Rose, 3.

    "Most of us are still on the 'why's,' the 'what-ifs.' How did we not all see this coming? Did we miss the signs?" said Starr's uncle and godfather, Paul Digby, who stressed: "This was so out of character for someone I've known for 35 years."

    But in honoring his niece, rather than focus on tragedy and heartache, Digby chose to focus on hope.

    "In life, we understand that hope is the essence of life. It makes the journey easier. It keeps telling us that tomorrow will be better than today," said Digby. "Although Jessica did not have the opportunity to complete the circle of life, her legacy and spirit lives on through Noah and Riley."

    Digby also encouraged friends to live as his niece did.

    "May you always see the light in other people," he said.

    During the one-hour service, which Fox 2 (WJBK) streamed live on its Facebook page, colleagues and friends described Starr as a driven, compassionate, humorous and fun-loving woman who put others first. At the TV station, she was known to play therapist to friends who needed advice or just someone to talk to. And while she was meticulously organized — she had a separate vacation calendar, work calendar and home calendar — she was simultaneously the messiest person in the office, with half-drunk coffee cups and food plates everywhere, colleagues said.

    "Jess was funny. She was really funny. Jess not only kept up with the inappropriate jokes, she set the pace," Fox 2 meteorologist Derek Kevra said at the service, emphasizing that Jessica had the "it" factor.

    "She was not only charming, beautiful, relatable ... she was also special," Kevra said, stressing she was a "great wife" to her husband and "an even better mother and a wonderful friend."

    "And now, I can't help but see Jess all around me everywhere I go," Kevra said.

    Starr was a simple person. Her dress code was baggy pants, baggy shirt and a pony tail. She rarely acknowledged who she was when people would ask her in public if she was the woman on TV. Sometimes, she would say, " 'That's not me. She does a good job though,' " recalled Chuck Gaidica, who was Star's mentor when she interned at WDIV Local 4 at the start of her career.

    "She was special. She was on a mission. She had a plan," Gaidica said. "I could always tell she wanted more ... She had it all together."

    During the memorial service, videos were shown featuring different stages of Starr's life. There were photos of her in her First Communion dress. A ballerina. Playing in the leaves with her brother. A yearbook photo of her donning her #33 basketball jersey at Walled Lake Central High School. Her college graduation from Michigan State University. Her wedding.

    "Her laugh was infectious. Her smile was profound," Starr's brother, Ryan, wrote in a letter that was read at the service. "I always looked out for my little sister. Please know that you are one of a kind."

    Fox 2 anchor Roop Raj said Jessica was like a sister to him and called him nicknames like "Roop Dog" or "Roopy" at work. He said Jessica had two key qualities that summed up who she was: kind and humble.

    "Man, she was so kind," Raj said. "And she was so humble. In a business that can easily become all about you — she made it about everyone else."

    And she had plenty of fun along the way, keeping things light and upbeat.

    Starr once delivered the forecast wearing sunglasses and dancing a jig, telling viewers: "I have breaking news: The sun is shining everybody."

    Starr's death highlights a growing problem in America, whose suicide rate has climbed 33 percent in less than two decades. In 2017 alone, more than 47,000 Americans killed themselves; the year before nearly 45,000 died by suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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    Seems odd for a suicide motive

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    Yeah, I need more info. Was there tremendous scarring? Blindness? Double vision?...that affected her job?

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    Some interesting info on the risks and long-term side effects here:

    https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/new...-and-the-risks

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    Yeah, I want more info too. I had LASIK over 16 years ago and it was life changing for me. It is surgery though, and I think it's become so common place that people forget that and forget that there are potential side effects. I also wonder if the LASIK issues were just one contributing factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Yeah, I want more info too. I had LASIK over 16 years ago and it was life changing for me. It is surgery though, and I think it's become so common place that people forget that and forget that there are potential side effects. I also wonder if the LASIK issues were just one contributing factor.
    I think she had some other stuff going on besides the lasik complications.

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    They talk about the recovery from the SMILE procedure being quicker than LASIK. I was cleared to go back to work the next day, as were several of my co-workers who had it right after I did. It doesn't sound less invasive to me. The usual complications sound the same as LASIK though. Dry eye afterwards can make your vision go super bad. I know two people who had to have tear duct plug implants for a few months afterward, but they were fine after that.



    https://www.today.com/health/smile-s...speaks-t151062

    Jessica Starr had never been much of a crier, so it alarmed her husband when she returned from her first day back at work following laser eye surgery and burst into tears.

    Starr was a meteorologist at Fox 2 News in Detroit who underwent a procedure known as SMILE on Oct. 11 to correct her vision. Only two months later, she died by suicide at 35, leaving behind her husband, Dan Rose, 40, and their two young children.

    Rose believes those two events are strongly connected. He is hoping that by speaking out, he can warn others to do their research before undergoing the procedure.

    "If anyone would've told me or her family, and said she was capable of hurting herself, I wouldn't have believed you,'' Rose told TODAY. "Without a doubt in my mind, something related to this procedure triggered this."

    "For whatever reason, she thought this was the only way out. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that."

    Starr had worn glasses or contact lenses for 23 years when she decided to get laser eye surgery. She initially wanted to get LASIK surgery, but Rose said she was convinced by her doctor to instead get the small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) procedure.

    SMILE was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2016 and involves a laser cutting a tiny, disc-shaped piece of corneal tissue, as opposed to a large flap like in traditional Lasik surgery. The removal of the tissue then flattens the center of the cornea and reduces or eliminates nearsightedness and astigmatism, according to the FDA.

    The procedure is considered less invasive than Lasik and normally involves a shorter recovery time. Starr was told she would only need about five days to heal and get back to work.

    "Jessica was very in tune with her body,'' Rose said. "Within three or four days after the procedure, she started saying stuff like, 'I think something went wrong. I don't feel right.'''

    A 2015-16 study by the FDA of 357 patients who had the SMILE surgery found 6.7 percent experiencing moderate or severe glare and less than 5 percent experiencing any other complications within a month of the surgery. The study also found less than 1 percent of patients had negative effects like halos or starbursts a year after the procedure.

    Complications can include dry eyes; double or blurry vision; difficulty seeing at night; and light sensitivity. The side effects often disappear over time, but they can be permanent in some cases and may be so bothersome or painful that people have taken their own lives, The New York Times reported in June.

    Dr. Sidney Gicheru, an ophthalmologist in Dallas and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology who did not work with Starr, has been performing laser vision correction since 2000 and told TODAY he rarely has seen mild complications last longer than three months.

    "I've never seen an occasion of someone committing suicide after laser vision correction,'' he said. "The most common side effects are glare and starbursts, and they are usually mild."

    "I feel a lot of sympathy for her family. This is not an outcome any Lasik surgeon or ophthalmologist would ever want. I don't think this was directly related to the procedure. I think it may have contributed somewhat, but there must've been other risk factors. That's where I would be looking."

    Starr was applying drops every five minutes to clear her vision, only for it to get blurry or foggy again shortly, Rose said. Starr also had extreme sensitivity to light, which made it especially difficult with the lights in the Fox 2 News studio on Nov. 13 when she returned to work.

    She posted a video on her Facebook page that she was "struggling" in her return to work.

    Starr also struggled with seeing halos and starbursts from the oncoming headlights while driving to work in the dark in the morning.

    The initial five-day recovery period turned into seven weeks as she sought answers.

    "I think us as physicians, screening these patients for surgery, we're looking at the physical aspects, but the doctor also has to look at the patient as a whole and look at the mental status,'' Gicheru said. "Make sure the patient has realistic expectations and understands the risks of the surgery."

    She went to five different ophthalmologists seeking second opinions. Just days before her suicide on Dec. 12, she went to a corneal specialist in Detroit, who gave her the same answer as the other doctors — she needed more time to recover.

    "I have a voicemail and you can just hear the defeat in her voice,'' Rose said.

    Starr had never exhibited previous signs of depression or been on any medication to treat depression, Rose said. Between a notebook and her suicide note, she left behind more than 50 pages detailing her struggles with her vision.

    "She wrote that because of the loss of vision, I can't be a mom, I can't be a wife, I can't work. I've lost every aspect of my life,'' he said.

    Adding to Starr's guilt was that it was an elective procedure instead of one that was medically necessary.

    "She wrote that she was fine wearing contacts, and this was something she didn't need to do,'' Rose said. "I think this procedure sent her into such a dark space."

    Rose said he has since been contacted by two dozen people who have had SMILE surgery and still are experiencing complications years later.

    "I don't want to shut the procedure down,'' he said. "I'm not trying to be that much of a crusader. But people need to do their homework, they need to be comfortable with their doctor, and I would like to see the follow-up care for this procedure change."
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    https://www.freep.com/story/entertai...ry/3013226002/

    The report also reveals that Starr reached out to a therapist before her death. According to Faris, Starr's family, looking back, realized she'd become depressed.

    Her mother, Carol Starr, told "GMA" that her daughter was having trouble eating and sleeping and expressed doubt that her condition would improve. Both her mother and her husband agreed that she became more withdrawn.

    "Her family says she was a completely different person after the surgery," said Faris. "They're going to choose to remember her as the warm, fun-loving, gregarious wife, mother and friend and sister that she was."
    https://www.fox5dc.com/news/in-her-o...video-journals

    In the weeks between Jessica Starr's eye surgery and suicide, she detailed the struggle she was fighting in journals and in revealing videos she shot on her phone. Jessica hoped her decision to have SMILE Eye Surgery would change her life - and it did.

    Jessica's husband, Dan Rose, is taking the videos public now, two months after her suicide, to get people to pay attention.

    "I'm just trying to stay positive right now. I'm trying to say some affirmations and some prayers, and I'm hoping that I really start to see the improvement," Jessica said in one of the videos shared to FOX 2 by Dan.

    The videos journal Jessica's struggles in the weeks between October 11, when she had SMILE done, and December 12th, when she ended her life. She indicates herself that the surgery did change her life - but now how she wanted.

    "It's been 6 weeks of hell"

    In the last video she shot in November, 5 weeks after the surgery, Jessica said she couldn't sleep but had some minor relief from her doctor with some plugs put in, as she pointed to the corner of her eyes.

    "I don't know, I am kind of frustrated, upset, regret. I have a lot of emotions, a lot of feelings going on, I am 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," Jessica said. "I went and I wasted money - for what? For what? For nothing."

    She said she had been praying to her grandparents but they weren't answering.

    "It's just real hazy. It's just really hazy. I can see but I can't see and it's been 6 weeks of hell," Jessica said. "I don't know. I don't know what to do. I'm really frustrated. So, I'm hoping. I don't have any other words to say."

    Jessica Starr's husband opens up about her suicide, eye surgery complications

    The videos, which you can watch parts of in the player above, were taken weeks apart and show her growing frustration. Jessica was suffering from chronic dry eye and blurry vision - complications from the surgery. In her own words, she said it was becoming too much.

    The pain didn't improve

    "I don't think she had any intention for them to be shared, they were for her. She was using them to compare how her recovery was going. She talked about her vision on that specific day. They're almost a video diary," he said.

    Dan broke his silence Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview with FOX 2. He said she progressively became more upset after the pain didn't improve.

    "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,'" Dan said. "In hindsight, I think she was telling me she was having a neurological problem and I don't think she even understood what was going on with her body and her mind and her eyes. It's scary."

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    Damn maybe it was because of the surgery. It sounds like she went through hell and didn’t see any other option out.

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    I can totally get what she was going through. I'm a professional artist/designer who luckily has excellent vision, and if my sight were screwed up to the extent that it affected my work even a little, I'd probably be inconsolable and dive into a deep depression. Being artistic has been a big part of my identity since I was little and experiencing creativity in a more limited way would crush me. Not exactly the same thing with this person, but I can completely understand her perspective.

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