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Husband of Sydney nurse Kelly Clarke trying to raise $61,000 to fly her body home

October 8, 2017 3:12 AM
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Husband of Sydney nurse Kelly Clarke trying to raise $61,000 to fly her body home

THE husband of a woman who died from a mystery illness while on their honeymoon in Fiji says it will cost $61,000 to fly her body back to Australia in a private plane.

The 24-year-old, however, dismissed it as a stomach bug and tried to sleep it off.

However, within hours she was rushed to hospital in Lautoka, where doctors began treating her for suspected typhoid. When she didn’t respond after two days it was decided early on Friday to induce a coma.

Mrs Clarke died at 10.40pm on Friday night, less than an hour before a medical evacuation team arrived to fly her to Sydney.

Mr Clarke told the Sunday Telegraph his wife’s parents have flown to Fiji from Sydney to help repatriate her body home.

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

“We’ve got a quotation to get her back in a private plane ... for $61,000,” he said.

“I’m just with her parents at the moment, they’ve flown over, they’re trying to get money off their mortgage.

“We are just waiting on the police to do the full report because the blood test came back negative for Typhoid.

“She was vaccinated in 2015 when she went to Thailand so they’ve ruled out Typhoid but the commissioner here has put in a report for a forensic autopsy to find out the cause of death.”

Mr Clarke said it could be a long wait because “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know in this country”.

To date nearly $26,000 has been raised for Ms Clarke on a Go Fund Me page.

“I’m just lost at the moment,” Mr Chase said. “We have just said 30k but more the better.

“It’s not about the money. “It’s just getting the notice out there because this not going to be easy when we get home.”


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