Ministry Saddened By Death Of Sydney Nurse, Says Davies

Kelly Clarke 24 died in Fiji on Friday night two days after she had been rushed to hospital during her honeymoon with Chase Clarke 28

Ms Clarke was placed in an induced coma due to organ failure and septicaemia, with her sister starting a fundraiser to bring her home for emergency treatment.

Mrs Clarke's family has remembered her as an "amazing human being" who had a big heart and time for anyone.

"She told me she was scared she was going to die", he said.

On Facebook, her brother Murray Shaw wrote "she went into cardiac arrest 5 times in the last hour and the medivac team didnt make it in time".

"You lovely girl and fantastic sister you will be deeply missed", he wrote.

Mr Clarke said it would cost $61,000 to fly her body back to Australia in a private plane.

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

It was initially thought Clarke died of the infectious disease, but subsequent blood tests showed otherwise.

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

Chase Clarke and Kelly, 24, who worked as a nurse at Westmead Children's Hospital, were in Sigatoka for a friend's wedding and their honeymoon when she contracted the fungal infection affecting both lungs and was pronounced dead on Friday.

"I just said 'I love you, and we're going to get out of this, be strong, I love you, and I'm coming straight away'".

The couple had been holidaying on the South Pacific island in the lead-up to Mr Clarke's best mate's wedding and had conquered a number of phobias together.

The couple had plans to start a family within the next two years.

"I said stop and pushed everyone away and me and her mother just held her", he said.

"She loved kids and loved her work as a nurse and was getting great feedback from work".

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.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to Mrs Clarke's family.



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