Wife of engineer who killed himself on day two of Brisbane hotel quarantine says he’d still be alive if he could isolate at home – after his twin brother died of cancer and mother was diagnosed with the disease
- Man was found unconscious in the bathroom of his hotel’s quarantine room
- His wife says he suffered from depression after the death of his twin brother
- His mother was also recently diagnosed with cancer, which made him emotional
- New widow believes he’d still be alive if he could quarantine at home
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The grieving wife of a man who died by suicide this week in a hotel quarantine in Brisbane believes he would still be alive if he were granted an exemption from home isolation.
The 53-year-old aeronautical engineer from Brisbane’s northern suburbs was found unconscious in the bathroom of his room at Novotel near the airport around 5 p.m. Monday.
He was just on his second day of mandatory quarantine after traveling to Canberra to visit relatives.
His wife told The courier post he suffered from severe depression and was particularly saddened after his twin brother died of cancer in 2020.
The man’s mother was also diagnosed with the disease.
The 53-year-old aeronautical engineer from Brisbane’s northern suburbs was found unresponsive in the bathroom of his room at Novotel (pictured) near the airport around 5 p.m. Monday.
Despite his history of mental health problems, the man’s wife fears the two-week isolation of being trapped in a hotel room may have “pushed him over the edge.”
“We didn’t expect this to happen — it’s a shock,” she said. “I don’t understand why we can’t do something different for people with major depression who are at risk of suicide.
“I believe that if my husband had been in home quarantine he would still be alive – that is my strong belief. There must be options. There must be other ways.’
The woman said she fully understands the need for tough policies to prevent a catastrophic Covid outbreak in Queensland, but calls on the government to show compassion and consider cases on an individual basis.
‘People who are depressed are not allowed to be in hotel quarantine. In my mind that was a factor that may have pushed him over the edge,” she said.
The man from north Brisbane is known to have been found with self-inflicted injuries with a suicide note left at the crime scene just two days after being quarantined
The new widow is now looking for answers to the question of whether her husband has applied for an exemption from hotel quarantine.
Shane Chelepy, Queensland’s deputy police commissioner, confirmed on Tuesday that the man had died at the state-run facility.
“I can’t go into more detail at this point, but what I’m saying is that the case is under investigation by the police and will be referred to the coroner after that investigation,” he said.
“I would like to acknowledge the response of the police and our health and other hotel staff who work in the hotels, their response to that tragic case.”
Emergency services found the 53-year-old man unresponsive in his bathroom around 5pm Monday (Pictured, Queensland police officers at a Brisbane crime scene)
The tragedy came as Queensland registered six new Covid cases on Tuesday, including two in hotel quarantine and one from a traveler just released from quarantine.
A fourth case involved a truck driver who was active in the community for eight days while infected before developing flu-like symptoms and being tested.
Investigations were underway to track his steps to identify exposure sites.
The fifth and six cases involve an airline worker and his wife who triggered exposure site warnings at four Brisbane sites.
In response to the latest outbreak, masks are now required to be worn indoors again in Brisbane and Moreton Bay.
Queensland truck drivers must also have their first vaccination dose by October 15 and a double shot by November 15 to continue working in the state.
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