'I just wanted to hold Venessa’s hand one last time': A doctor's story

Dr Gavin Pattullo tells the heart-breaking story of his wife’s decision to end her life and how he was denied the chance to say goodbye

Dr Gavin Pattullo fell in love with his future wife Venessa at first sight. 

Dr Venessa Pattullo.

But having been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, three years ago Venessa, herself a doctor, was facing a distressing death and decided to end her life.

Below Dr Pattullo, pain specialist and anaesthetist at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital,