Fox meteorologist, 35, takes her own life a month after confessing she was struggling to recover from laser eye surgery
Jessica Starr had asked fans for their prayers, saying she was finding it 'challenging' getting back to work after she underwent Lasik eye surgery to get rid of contact lenses
A renowned TV meteorologist from Michigan who was struggling to recover from laser eye surgery took her own life just a month after the procedure. The embattled mother-of-two underwent the operation so she could finally stop wearing her contact lenses, Daily Mail reports.
On Thursday morning, 35-year-old Jessica Starr's colleagues at WJBK Fox 2 couldn't hold back their tears as they announced her untimely demise on air. Starr, who worked at the station since 2011, leaves behind her two young children along with Daniel, her husband of eight years.
Fox 2 issued a statement on its website which was read aloud by her colleagues Thursday morning. "Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life," it read. "All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief."
Since undergoing the Lasik SMILE eye surgery, Starr said she had been facing "challenging times" over the last month. Doctors across the country had carried out the procedure without any qualms after the FDA approved in 2016.
According to reports, the surgery entails the surgeon creating a small piece of tissue within the cornea using a femtosecond laser. An arc-shaped incision is made on the cornea's surface using the same laser in order to extract the tissue through and dispose of it.
The incision caused by the procedure, which changes the shape of the cornea and corrects myopia (nearsightedness), usually heals within a few days without stitches. 99% of patients' vision rapidly improves after the surgery. While it is unclear where Starr underwent the operation in October, she took four weeks off and then returned to work in November. However, it was too much of a struggle for her and she was forced to return home the next day.
Starr seemed downcast in a video uploaded to her Facebook page on November 13, the day she went back to work, where she urged viewers to keep her in their prayers. "I am struggling a little bit so I need all the prayers and well wishes. This is a hard go. If you have any tips I'd appreciate it, I'm trying to stay strong and get through this recovery. Thanks again for all the wishes, I'm excited to be back I just want to get my vision back so I can keep you guys smiling," she said.
The following day, she wrote another post stating she had not yet been ready to resume. "Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time. Will keep you updated," she said. No one had the slightest idea at the time that it would be her final post.
Starr, who had a degree in broadcast meteorology and another in geography and communications, regularly shared photos of her jovial family life on Facebook.