Dengue fever claims fam­ily man’s life

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A PERTH fam­ily is in shock af­ter the sud­den loss of their fa­ther to dengue fever and malaria in In­done­sia.

Dar­win Vidal, a 56-year-old un­der­ground miner, had been work­ing in West Africa and liv­ing in Ban­dung, West Java, with his wife and two young daugh­ters when he be­came sick with the mos­quito-borne in­fec­tions. His con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated rapidly and within days the fly-in, fly-out worker fell into shock. He suf­fered a stroke and sep­sis, which caused his or­gans to fail, and died on November 3.

His adult daugh­ters from Perth, Clarita and Alexan­dra Vidal, flew to In­done­sia to be by their fa­ther’s side, but did not make it in time.

“We had lit­er­ally just landed in Bali and got the news (that he had passed),” Clarita said.

The sis­ters were thank­ful they were able to tell their fa­ther they loved him in a video call the day be­fore he died.

The fam­ily have flown his body back to Aus­tralia, but have set up a Go­FundMe page to help pay for trans­port costs, the fu­neral and on­go­ing fam­ily ex­penses.

Clarita said her fa­ther was a hard-work­ing, gen­er­ous man with a love of life who al­ways put his fam­ily first. The grand­fa­ther of one was a “free spirit” with a “heart of gold” and a won­der­ful sense of hu­mour, and known for his fam­ily bar­be­cues, she said.

But she said her fa­ther had al­ways thought he was in­vin­ci­ble and his case was a tragic re­minder for peo­ple to be vig­i­lant about in­sur­ance, med­i­ca­tion and vac­ci­na­tions when trav­el­ling over­seas.

“Just be aware to love your par­ents and love ev­ery­one, even if you’re busy and can’t be both­ered,” Clarita said. “Just make that ex­tra ef­fort, that’s the one big thing we’ve learnt.”

Mr Vidal and his young fam­ily had been plan­ning to move back to Aus­tralia af­ter spend­ing some time with his wife’s sick par­ents.

Tragedy: Left, Dar­win Vidal with his fam­ily, daugh­ter Alexan­dra Vidal, grand­son Noah Hart, daugh­ter Clarita Vidal, wife Irma Vidal and daugh­ters Nidia and Aurel Vidal.

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