Saturday 25 November 2017

'A beautiful person has just lost her family'

Kathleen Chada
Kathleen Chada

GRIEVING mother Kathleen Chada spent most of her working life trying to help infertile couples realise their dream of having a baby.

Aside from her own two young children, she holds a high-flying job working at the country's largest IVF clinic in Dublin. But she had decided to raise her family near her parents, in the village where she grew up in Ballinkillen, between Borris and Bagenalstown, in Co Carlow.

Her children, Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5), were described as her "pride and joy".

Kathleen graduated as a registered general nurse from Kingston Hospital, an NHS hospital in Kingston upon Thames, in south west London, in 1992.

She spent several years working in Saudi Arabia where she gained her first fertility nursing experience, before returning to Ireland in 2002.

In 2002, she joined Sims Clinic in Clonskeagh, the country's largest IVF unit and fertility clinic. The clinic has been providing fertility treatment since 1997 and was the first to bring donor gamete, using egg or sperm donors, to Ireland in 2002.

Kathleen worked as the nurse manager there from 2004 until 2007, when she left to join the The Kilkenny Clinic. She returned to the Dublin-based fertility clinic in 2010, joining the egg donation programme.

She is described as having considerable experience in egg donation, having co-ordinated donor cycles for couples undergoing treatment throughout Europe and America. She was interviewed in the Irish Independent in August 2007 on twin rates following IVF treatment.

Kathleen is thought to have met Sanjeev in the UK, where much of his family lives. She had been married to him for around 11 or 12 years.

A friend of Kathleen, who didn't wish to be named, said the news of the abduction and murder of Eoghan and Ruairi was "unimaginable".

"This is the end of her life really. This is the worst thing that could happen to her. It's going to take a long time for her to come to terms with this. She's just lost her family."

He described Kathleen as "just a beautiful person".

He said that he had met Mr Chada several times before at social events and never saw any problems between the couple or in the family.

And he said that Kathleen never had to take time off work for personal reasons and always seemed perfectly happy.

"He was a lovely man, they were a lovely family. The kids were beautiful," he said.

- By Fiona Ellis

Irish Independent

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