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Tragic wife set herself on fire after IVF didn't work

THE husband of a young woman who committed suicide after failing to conceive with IVF treatment begged her to get help in the last days of her life.

Susan Micheau was left devastated after the treatment failed. Ms Micheau wanted to try again immediately but her husband of two years pleaded with her to get help for her depression.

Mrs Micheau (30) of Belarmine Drive, Stepaside, Co Dublin was pronounced dead on June 3, 2009 from inhalation of smoke and fire gases. She had set herself alight in her car.

David Micheau said his wife was devastated when in March 2009 they were told the IVF treatment they had commenced in January of the same year had not been successful.

The couple had married in July 2007. Three days before her death Mr Micheau said to his wife they could not do the IVF just yet.

"I told her she was suffering from depression and she needed help. I begged with her to get help, but she wouldn't. I feel she was thinking that help would interfere with the IVF treatment. She was very down."

He said he agreed with the IVF but not "straight away after the last time."

"She was obsessed with having the treatment again. Nothing else was in her head. It put a huge strain on Susan."

They both worked at the Carlisle Health and Fitness Club, Kimmage. Mrs Micheau had left the house and gone for drives on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, the inquest heard.



Fire

Rosemary Leeson of Ballymahon House, Ballymahon, Bray, Co Wicklow woke her husband, son and daughter in law in the early hours of June 3 after she looked out the window, upon the hearing some "loud bangs" and saw a fire at the back of the family farm.

She thought their milking parlour was on fire, she told Dublin County Coroner's Court. Her husband John and son Andrew drove to the milking parlour where they noticed a car on fire.

After hosing the fire down, they noticed a burnt body on the ground beside the car, which was badly damaged by fire. A substantial quantity of accelerant was use to start the fire as the damage was extensive, Detective Sergeant Joe O'Hara told the inquest.

Gardai were satisfied following an extensive investigation that there was nobody else involved.

"This was a tragic death," said Detective Sergeant O'Hara.

A jury returned a verdict of death by suicide under the direction of coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty.



Concerns

Mr Micheau said he noticed a change in his wife around the time her aunt died in 2008. He said he had spoken to her family about his concerns.

He told the coroner they had a "fantastic relationship and a very loving relationship".

Her mother Deirdre Martin, who had a very close relationship with her daughter, was too upset to attend the inquest.

She said in a statement read out in court that she spoke to Susan on June 2 and she mentioned David's refusal to do another round of IVF.

The coroner said it was a terribly tragic death. "Susan Micheau was a young woman and I want to extend my sympathy to her family," he said.

fdillon@herald.ie


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