Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TRAGIC VET INJECTED LETHAL OVERDOSE; Inquest Told of Chilling 999 Call Made by Dad

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TRAGIC VET INJECTED LETHAL OVERDOSE; Inquest Told of Chilling 999 Call Made by Dad

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON

A VET from Teesside with a history of depression killed himself at his surgery with a lethal overdose of drugs.

Redcar-born Garry William Stanway injected himself with a drug, phenobarbital, often used to stop animal seizures.

Mr Stanway - a 39-year-old dad of two young children and the son of Redcar and Cleveland councillor Bob Stanway - even rang 999 to report a dead body in his office, an inquest heard.

When the operator asked him if he was with the patient, he replied "I am the patient. I will be by the time you get here".

get here".

Born in Redcar, Garry Stanway was a high academic achiever who qualified as a vet in 1994 and went to Cambridge to gain a certificate in veterinary anaesthesia. He also studied electrical engineering at Durham University but left to pursue his veterinary studies at Liverpool.

His dad Bob is a popular Conservative councillor for Redcar and Cleveland's Zetland ward.

Garry was on Teesside last year, a month before he died, celebrating his dad's 70th birthday.

Today, Councillor Stanway told the Gazette he was too upset to comment about Garry's tragic death.

Warrington Coroners Court heard Mr Stanway, who opened his Vets4Pets practice in Chester in February 2008, had a history of depression.

But it was in 2000, when he went to work in Australia for six months after suddenly deciding to leave a practice in Halifax, when his mental health problems took hold.

Dr Kyaw Thet Tun, a Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trust psychiatrist, told the inquest Mr Stanway told him he had many suicidal thoughts in Australia and had even carried around a suicide kit containing pills and had put a needle in his hand to start the process..

Wife Samantha told the inquest of her shock at finding a suicide note in their home in 2003. He had explained to her he had a preoccupation with suicidal thoughts and had been acting it out.

Mr Stanway frequently saw his doctor and was prescribed anti-depressants and counselling. …

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