Man Kills Himself After Wrongly Believing He Has Cancer

November 25, 2017 lilit 0 Comments

Here's something no one ever likes to think about: the prospect of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. People react differently to such a diagnosis. Some would fight the diagnosis with every available sort of treatment, aggressive chemo and medication available. Others would simply let the cancer run its course and not fight it at all. And some cannot bear the thought of living with a terminal illness, so they find a way to end it all. Such was the case with Paul Cuniff. Tragically, however, Mr. Cuniff did not have cancer.

Please note that if you are having suicidal thoughts or the urge to harm yourself, there are resources available to help you at the end of this article.

Paul Cuniff. Pictured is Paul Cuniff, 43, of Crimdon County, Durham, UK. Cuniff was the father of three and grandfather of one. He was previously employed as a caretaker.

A scare. Cuniff reportedly found traces of blood in his urine. He visited the doctor, but it's unknown what exactly transpired during that visit. For whatever reason, Cuniff was sure that he had terminal prostate cancer.

In touch with family. Cuniff had been in touch with his family, via phone calls and text messages, up until June 26. Then, all communications from Cuniff abruptly stopped. Cuniff had a history of serious depression, so his family became immediately alarmed.

Liam Cuniff. This is Liam Cuniff, who is Paul Cuniff's son. He is 24 years old. Liam knew something was wrong when he couldn't reach his father on the phone. His instincts told him that something was wrong.

The search. The family decided to begin a search for Paul. The plan was for Liam to look for Paul with his uncle, Paul's brother, Mark. Liam began searching for his father on his own, and found his father's remains in a remote area of woodland.

Mark. Liam called his uncle Mark and told him that he'd found his father's body. Mark soon found Liam in the woods, standing with his father's dead body. The two called the police right away.

Distraught. Distraught, Liam left the scene while Mark waited for the ambulance to arrive. Then, something even more upsetting happened. The paramedic who arrived on the scene refused to load Paul's body into the ambulance without permission from her supervisor. So, Mark was made to wait around with his brother's decomposing body, a horrible thought.

Apology. The ambulance company has since issued an apology to Mark and Liam. It is unknown how long Mark had to wait with Paul's dead body, but it is believed to have been a substantial amount of time. It is unknown if the paramedic erred or if it is the ambulance company's policy concerning corpses.

Those who knew Paul. One person who knew Paul said "people thought a lot of him. He was always kind and always tried to help people." He was described as a loving father and a doting grandfather to his grandson, Lincoln. As previously mentioned, Paul had previously been employed as a caretaker, and was described as an extremely empathetic person.

Notes from the police. According to police reports, Paul's body was located in an extremely remote woodland area. It was also situated so that it was unlikely to be disturbed or discovered. It's unknown how Liam knew where exactly to look to find his father.

The pathologist's report. According to the pathologist's report, there were no traces of prostate cancer in Paul Cuniff's body. It's unknown what caused the blood in his urine. No signs of any sort of terminal illness, infection or disease were immediately present when the autopsy was done.

3 million cases. Reportedly, there are 3 million cases of prostate cancer diagnosed each year. That equates to about 1 out of every 6 men. Of all the people in the world, African-Americans have the highest rate of prostate cancer.

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