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Toby Meyjes for Metro.co.uk
Thursday 17 Mar 2016 9:51 am
Matthew Tuppeny committed suicide fearing feared health problems would hamper his ambitions (Picture: Cavendish/Facebook)
A dedicated junior doctor took his own life after fearing health problems would stop him from ‘being the best’ he could be, an inquest heard.
Matthew Tuppeny was determined to be successful but had been battling depression for six years after failing an exam at university, Bolton Coroner’s Court was told.
In the belief that he was suffering from a suspected case of irritable bowel syndrome, the 30-year-old took a fatal overdose at the home he shared with his fiancée near Bolton.
The doctor was described as a ‘talented bright young man’ who had studied medicine at Bristol University and had wanted to become a doctor to help others.
But in 2009, after a four year relationship had broken down and he subsequently failed an exam, he was diagnosed with depression.
Matt was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital after the overdose (Picture:Joseph Clemson / Alamy Live News)
The hearing was told Matt had previously taken an overdose in 2011 and 2014 and was admitted to hospital in 2015 having drunk vodka.
Both Matt’s mum, Wendy, and his fiancee, Jo Bartleman, said he appeared happy in the lead up to his death on September 28 last year.
Wendy said her son ‘wasn’t used to failing’ and had suffered with depression since failing an exam at university.
Matt had seemed happy in the days leading up to his death (Picture: Cavendish)
‘The incident at university affected his mental health quite significantly and from that time on he started to suffer with depression,’ she said.
‘He was looking to the future. I don’t believe he intended to take his own life, he was just too positive and too happy.’
The hearing was told Matt had a stomach condition, which was thought to be Crohns Disease or IBS but it was never formally diagnosed.
‘He wanted to be the best and it’s a high pressured career,’ said John Fettes, a manager for the Home Based Treatment Team where the junior doctor sought help.
‘There was a physical desire to be a doctor and this underlying physical health condition might have got in the way.
‘There wasn’t really a second class arrangement in how he saw things, he has to be the best.’
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock (947656e) Sign on University of Bristol campus Bristol, Britain – Jun 2009
Recording a suicide conclusion, coroner Rachael Griffin said Matt knew medicine and understood the affects that medication would have.
‘It is clear that Matt was a very talented, bright young man with a very happy marriage ahead of him, he was very much cherished and loved.
‘I’m very sorry to you for the way he came about his death,’ she said.