Mystery illness kills nurse on Fiji honeymoon
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