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Dr Megan Auden – A selfless individual second to none

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 8:00 AMTamara Bailey
Geoffrey Auden (left, foreground), brother of the deceased Dr Megan Auden, and Dr Paul Auden (right, foreground), father, take the coffin into the church before the thanksgiving service.
Megan Auden’s mother, Michelle (seated, centre), with her daughter, Nicole(to her left), being comforted by relatives and friends.
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On July 16, Dr Megan Auden, 25, left this earth under tragic circumstances.

Evidenced through the hundreds who showed up at the Kendal Conference Centre in Mandeville, Manchester, to celebrate her life on Saturday, it is safe to say that she touched lives positively. Heather Murray, headmistress of Hampton School for Girls, where Auden received her secondary education, described her as one who exemplified the Hamptonian motto: Giving of herself to others, going above and beyond, while still maintaining the highest academic standing and receiving accolades for having done so.

"She was someone beautiful, someone good. She was an individualist, there is no other of her kind. She was a trailblazer," Murray shared.

Many knew Auden as an intelligent young lady with a spirit of kindness and genuineness and her intern supervisor revealed just how special she was.

Dr Jacqueline Dunkley-Thompson of the Mandeville Regional Hospital said Auden took the best qualities of her parents and incorporated them with her own personality, aiding in her success. She also noted that Auden operated at the level of a senior resident.

"When Megan was on the ward and my residents weren't there, I wouldn't miss them. She would come on rounds with me, she knew her patients, she knew their names, she knew the diagnosis, the management, she didn't even have to look in the dockets," she said.

Auden's passion to care for the sick and help the less fortunate was undeniable. She helped a young patient who was on chemotherapy for cancer get ready for the Grade Six Achievement Test and even paid for patients to have their tests done, among other kind acts.

"Unfortunately, they don't make doctors like that anymore. One of our consultants described her as the consummate professional with an innovative spirit, an elite intern - the standard by which all other interns will be judged," added Dunkley-Thompson.

 

MIRACLE BABY

 

"A miracle baby" is what Dr Paul Auden called his daughter during his remembrance. He shared that during the latter part of her mom's pregnancy, the umbilical cord had been wrapped around Megan's neck twice but, before a C-section was done, she unwrapped herself. In another miraculous event, at 25 months, she was mauled by two adult Rottweilers that tore her left side open, an ordeal that required 67 stitches and two units of blood.

"She has transitioned from an earth angel to our guardian angel and we have already felt her spirit return to the house. She loved unconditionally. She was an ever-flowing spring of love compassion and care," spoke the emotional father.

Auden said his daughter was multitalented and used many of her gifts, along with her sister, to run a successful business called Sweetbox Cupcakes. She also did backstage management and floor management for various events, and taught the enrichment programme at Hampton School one year before entering medical school.

"God calls home the special ones after they have completed their missions. I thank God for turning 25 months into 25 years," he said.

Since her passing, the M.E.G.A.N. (Mandeville Evidence Gathering and Nabbing) project has been launched. This project will see the purchasing, installation and maintenance, over time, of 60 to 80 closed-circuit television cameras in the area.

Megan, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident, also leaves behind mother Michelle; sisters Nicole, Kelsey and Peta-Gaye; brother Geoffrey; and a host of relatives, close friends and colleagues.