Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love at First Sight Ended in Tragedy

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love at First Sight Ended in Tragedy

Article excerpt

ROSEMARY and Colin Birch were living a true life love story.

Both had been married before but in each other they had truly found their soul mate.

The couple met through a dating site when Rosemary was in Kingaroy and Colin at the Queensland University's Gatton campus.

"He used to drive back and forth to see me," Mrs Birch remembered.

"We had met in Finders Keepers in Kmart in Toowoomba. It was love at first sight, a true love story."

The couple was together 26 years, married for 24, before tragedy struck.

Mr Birch had entered St Vincent's Hospital for what was thought to be a simple hernia operation.

Weeks later he was dead after succumbing to faecal peritonitis, a result of his bowel being perforated during surgery.

"He was in a private hospital, we both had total trust in them," Mrs Birch said.

She suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her husband's death which ultimately led to the loss of her job. …

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