A young bride died of a mysterious illness while vacationing on her honeymoon in Fiji, it was reported.
Kelly Clarke, a nurse from Sydney, Australia, was with her husband Chase at the Outrigger resort in Fiji’s Sigatoka. She began feeling sick on Wednesday, Oct.4, according to the Daily Telegraph.
At first, she thought it was a stomach illness and went to sleep to fight it off.
But after a few hours, Kelly was taken to a hospital in Lautoka, where doctors started treating her for typhoid. She then went into a coma on Friday after not responding to two days of treatment.
“She said over the phone she was scared she was going to die and I just told her I loved her — what else could I say?” Chase Clarke, 28, told the Telegraph. “I told her to be strong, that I was coming straight back and to rest up because she needed her strength.”
That was their last conversation, as she died at 10:40 p.m. on Friday night.
“Kelly was very intelligent, beautiful, lovely and caring,” Chase said. “She loved kids and loved her work as a nurse and was getting great feedback from work.”
Kelly had been cleared for an emergency flight back to Australia, but it was too late. Less than one hour before the crew arrived, she died, News.com.au reported. .
Blood tests ruled out typhoid.
The family said she contracted a fungal infection in both her lungs that led to organ failure and septicemia.
Chase said that the Fiji government has a “disgusting” way of having family members identify the bodies of loved ones.
“It was disgusting, they put her body in a refrigerated shipping container and I pulled the sheet off her head and saw her lying there with other bodies on shelves,” he said.
He added, “I don’t know what to say, I’m still in shock, I had to dress her body in her own clothes, there was no mortician there, it’s not something I want to talk about.”
Meanwhile, according to a GoFundMe page, it will cost her family some $45,000 to fly her back to Australia. Chase, however, told the Telegraph that insurance covered it.
“I blame myself, the guilt is heavy, no one else, had we not gone to Fiji on our honeymoon, she might still be alive today, I will always wonder,” Chase added.