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Ministry Saddened By Death Of Sydney Nurse, Says Davies

10 October 2017, 04:19 | Winifred Adams

Mrs Kelly's family managed to raise $14,300 for a medivac to help the woman but they arrived in the country an hour after she died

Mrs Kelly's family managed to raise $14,300 for a medivac to help the woman but they arrived in the country an hour after she died

Davies says they are greatly saddened by the news of Kelly's death and wish to express their honest sympathy to her husband, family and loved ones.

Ms Clarke, a recently-graduated registered nurse at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, initially complained of stomach pain.

She was placed into an induced coma due to organ failure and septicaemia and was reportedly in a very unstable condition.

"My sister is now In hospital in Fiji for a friends wedding and to celebrate their honeymoon!"

Mr Clarke is now being forced to plan his wife's funeral, but he is thankful for the support of his family and friends, help from the Australian embassy, the community, and the generosity of complete strangers.

Her brother in a Facebook post on Friday night said she had gone into cardiac arrest five times within an hour.

"[It hit me] when she turned up to the cargo centre in a box", Mr Clarke said.

Donations are still pouring in despite the changed circumstances; more than 700 people have donated to the campaign in the last two days, and more than $50,000 has been raised.

Kelly Clarke fell ill while holidaying in Fiji with her new husband, Chase; the pair had travelled to Sigatoka, combining their honeymoon with a trip for a friend's wedding.

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Recalling the heart-wrenching moment he identified his late wife's body, Chase Clarke, 28, said "it was disgusting".

Kelly Clarke, 24, was taken to hospital on Wednesday before dying on Friday, with doctors unable to determine the cause of her death.

A former colleague of Clarke's said she was a positive person who would be greatly missed.

"I told her to be strong, that I was coming straight back and to rest up because she needed her strength".

The couple were married in April.

The ministry's permanent secretary, Philip Davies, said the ministry would not be commenting any further on Mrs Clarke's case until all the relevant facts were known.

Clarke said the family is waiting for approval to transport her body back to Australia.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian woman who passed away in Fiji", a spokeswoman said.

Fijian authorities will conduct an autopsy on Clarke's body.

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