Monday, June 24th, 2024

Taken Too Soon. The Tragic Loss of Dr Stephen Wright.

A loving father, husband and children’s psychologist tragically lost his life at the premature  age of just 32 several weeks ago.  Dr Stephen Wright was a resident of Sevenoaks where he lived with his wife Charlotte and two young sons Izaac and Elijah.  Described as ‘the perfect dad and husband’ who was ‘so many things to so many people’, Stephen juggled his time between his family and job as a mental health specialist.  Stephen’s inspiring contribution to his profession was one that was set to continue, in which he was immanently due to start a new position as a senior clinical psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. However, Stephen’s future was devastatingly taken from him when a simple headache rapidly spiralled into something gravely critical.

Dr Stephen Wright

The fateful night in which these events unravelled, Stephen had complained of a pins and needles sensation in his arm. To both his and Charlottes disbelief, Stephen’s arm began moving on its own.  Bewildered and confused, the couple did not delay in calling an ambulance as Stephen was showing worrying signs of a possible stroke.  On the paramedics arrival Stephen’s blood pressure was alarmingly high so he was whisked away to hospital for further checks and scans.  Charlotte poignantly recalls how she was so very grateful that they had reinforced there adoration for each other, by saying they loved each other twice before he left the house.     

It soon became a harrowing reality though that Stephen would not return home. Multiple scans revealed that there was significant bleeding on his brain, concluding he had suffered a very rare cerebral venous stroke. Stephen’s condition further deteriorated resulting in him seizing during his scans at King’s College Hospital.  Sadly, Stephen’s death was later confirmed that day on 26th January. However, even after his passing, Stephen continued to do good as his wish to donate his organs was granted.  Put on life support for a few days until donors were found, Stephen’s unfortunate departure from the world would later result in saving the life of someone else,  a testament to his selfless character.

Charlotte and Stephen’s family’s heartache may be an enduring pain like many who lose loved ones too early, but there is comfort to them in knowing that Stephen’s place in the hearts and minds of all those who knew him will be one that lives on. To ensure this, Stephen’s friends have paid tribute to him by setting up at up a fundraising page in his memory to support  the future of his much loved wife and children.




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