Mum With Postnatal Depression Shoots Herself On Bday

This pretty new mum has shot herself in the head on her birthday while her husband was out buying a cake after she reportedly suffered from postnatal depression.

The tragic incident took place in the city of Subotica in the province of Vojvodina in north Serbia, when the 28-year-old mother, named in reports as Suzana Babic, was home alone as her husband had left the house to buy her a cake to surprise her on her birthday.

Local media report she shot herself in the head and was found by friends who had gone to her house as a surprise for her birthday. 

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Suzana Babic and her husband

They called an ambulance and she was taken to a nearby hospital but she died despite the doctors’ efforts. Reports state she was suffering from postpartum depression (also known as postnatal depression).

According to an unnamed family acquaintance the woman, who was a professional make-up artist, had a good relationship with her husband who she had been with since high school and they were happy with their baby.

She added: “Nobody could assume this, at least from us who knew her, that she could do that. Our souls and hearts are breaking.”

According to local media, the young woman had been seeing a doctor and was complaining that she was mentally unwell.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder associated with childbirth. Symptoms include sadness, low energy, anxiety, crying, irritability as well as sleeping and appetite problems and can negatively affect the newborn child.

Credit: CEN/@suzana.botka
Suzana Babic

The cause of PPD is believed to be a combination of physical and emotional factors.

Netizen ‘Sneska’ commented: “Sad and tragic for a young woman and her family.”

While ‘jedna majka’ wrote: “Postpartum depression is a difficult condition and those who have not gone through it cannot talk about it… I had that issue and barely got out and a few times I had suicidal thoughts, I don’t wish this on anyone.”

And ‘Ja’ added: “The easiest option to give up and kill yourself…”

It is not clear whether an investigation has been opened.


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