Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Australian dies from mystery illness in Fiji

Australian dies from mystery illness in Fiji

Her husband, Chase Clarke, told Fairfax she was 'outspoken, smart, courageous, and had the biggest heart'.

The husband of a young Sydney woman who died in Fiji has spoken of her final hours, during which he attempted to reassure her and told her he loved her.

'She told me she was scared she was going to die, ' he told the Seven Network on Sunday.

It is understood the costs to return her body to Australia will be covered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and insurance, while the near $50,000 raised through crowdfunding will go to her 28-year-old widow.

After two days, the young nurse's condition deteriorated further and she was placed in an induced coma.

She was taken to Lautoka Hospital, north of Nadi, where a short time later she was told she had contracted typhoid.

Mrs Clarke's brother, Murray Shaw, posted a loving tribute to his sister after she died.

Mrs Clarke finally succumbed to her illness at 10.40pm on Friday night, less than an hour before a medevac team arrived to airlift her to Sydney.

An autopsy will be conducted on Mrs Clarke's remains before her family fly her home.

Chase described the agonising decision to direct medical staff to cease working on Ms Clarke.

'You (were a) handsome girl and unbelievable sister you will be deeply missed, ' he wrote.

"I said stop and pushed everyone away and me and her mother just held her", he said.

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

Friends and relatives paid tribute to Ms Clarke on social media, with one co- worker remembering "an incredible woman, a brilliant nurse and such a kind and gentle soul".

"She was very intelligent, beautiful, lovely and caring", he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have issued a statement to say that they are providing consular assistance to Mrs Clarke's family.

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