Mys­tery ill­ness kills nurse on Fiji hon­ey­moon

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A YOUNG Aus­tralian bride has died of a mys­tery ill­ness while on hon­ey­moon in Fiji.

Syd­ney chil­dren’s nurse Kelly Clarke, 24, who was hol­i­day­ing with her hus­band Chase at the Out­rig­ger re­sort at Si­ga­toka, on Fiji’s main is­land, be­gan feel­ing ill on Wed­nes­day.

Mrs Clarke, a post-op nurse at The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead, shrugged it off as a stom­ach bug, tak­ing a bath be­fore go­ing to bed 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.

Mr Clarke was at the re­sort col­lect­ing the cou­ple’s be­long­ings when doc­tors put her un­der. “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?” Mr Clarke, 28, said. “I told her to be strong, that I was com­ing straight back and to rest up be­cause she needed her strength.”

That was the new­ly­weds’ last con­ver­sa­tion.

Mrs Clarke died at 10.40pm on Fri­day night, less than an hour be­fore a medi­vac team ar­rived to air­lift her home. Mr Clarke said blood tests have ruled out ty­phoid.

Dur­ing their Fi­jian stay the cou­ple had been scuba div­ing and kayak­ing.

“Kelly was very in­tel­li­gent, beau­ti­ful, lovely and car­ing,” Mr Clarke said. “She loved kids and loved her work.’’

TRAGEDY: Kelly Clarke

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