CANON CITY, Colorado — A pair of twin sisters who had undergone a pioneering surgery three years ago to cure their extreme obsessive-compulsive disorder, have been found dead in what appears to have been a suicide pact.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s office in Colorado, said Sara and Amanda Eldritch, both 33, had been found dead of gunshot wounds in a car parked near Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Police said the deaths appeared to be self-inflicted, the Canon City Daily Record reported.
The sisters were the first people to receive deep brain stimulation — a procedure often used for patients with Parkinson’s disease — to treat their debilitating OCD.
Before the spring 2015 surgery, a story in a publication put out by the Littleton Adventist Hospital, described the sisters as feelin “at war with their own existence. And in a desperate cry for help as adolescents, they tried taking their own lives.”
The deep brain stimulation was intended to inhibit overactive parts of the brain, halting anxiety and making therapy more effective.
A year after the surgery, the twins said they had begun to feel at peace with themselves.
“I feel like I can identify my anxiety. I can actually see where it’s coming from. And I feel like I can deal with it,” Sarah Eldritch said.
A year later, the sisters were featured on an episode of the TV show, “The Doctors,” where they were taken for spa treatments separately from each other to “help them break through their codependency.”
They also spent the night in two separate hotels as part of the show.
“I did kind of like the contrast of, this is what it’s like to be alone, and this is what it’s like to be back with my sister and friends,” Amanda Eldritch said at the time. “I like having two things to compare.”