Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Australian dies from mystery illness in Fiji

The young nurse complained of a stomach ache on Wednesday by Friday she was in a coma The young nurse complained of a stomach ache on Wednesday by Friday she was in a coma
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 16:19

He said: "We wish to express our honest sympathy to her husband, family and loved ones".

The honeymoon of Sydney couple Chase and Kelly Clarke has ended in tragedy after Kelly, a 24-year-old nurse, died in Fiji on Friday.

After being told she was suffering from typhoid, along with organ failure and septicaemia, Kelly was placed into an induced coma.

The pair were in Sigatoka, Fiji to celebrate their recent wedding, and to attend their friends' wedding ceremony.

Mr Clarke is now being forced to plan his wife's funeral, but he is thankful for the support of his family and friends, help from the Australian embassy, the community, and the generosity of complete strangers.

Her sister Tara Brown quickly launched a Go Fund Me page to help pay for a medical evacuation team to fly her to Auckland, New Zealand, for treatment.

"[It hit me] when she turned up to the cargo centre in a box", Mr Clarke said.

The page has raised over $50,000 while will be donated to Kelly's grieving husband.

The heartbroken husband of a newly-wed who died on her Fiji honeymoon has revealed grim details of the moment he identified her body in a shipping container.

Mr Clarke said he and his wife had been planning to start a family in the next few years.

He said they had travel insurance but were waiting on a forensic Police report to find out her cause of death.

Kelly Clarke, 24, was taken to hospital on Wednesday before dying on Friday, with doctors unable to determine the cause of her death.

A spokeswoman for The Children's Hospital at Westmead said Kelly-who worked as a post-operative nurse-would be sorely missed.

"I just said 'I love you, and we're going to get out of this, be strong, I love you, and I'm coming straight away'".

Davis says they also believe it is important to respect her family's privacy at what must be a hard and distressing time.

The couple were married in April.

"It shouldn't be on my finger", Mr Clarke said.

"Kelly was bright, bubbly and over the top; she loved her makeup and always looked the part", Kirribilli Club duty manager Launa Harper said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has declined to discuss her case - but say it is providing consular assistance.

Fijian authorities will conduct an autopsy on Clarke's body.