Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Aussie nurse killed by mystery illness on her honeymoon

Aussie nurse killed by mystery illness on her honeymoon

The couple had been on Fiji's main island in the lead-up to the wedding of Mr Clarke's best mate.

Her husband Chase Clarke told Fairfax radio she was "outspoken, smart, courageous, and had the biggest heart".

He said: "We wish to express our honest sympathy to her husband, family and loved ones".

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 handsome girl and unbelievable sister you will be deeply missed".

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

Mr Clarke told the Sunday Telegraph his wife's parents had flown to Fiji from Sydney to help repatriate her body home.

According to grieving husband Chase Clarke, 28, blood tests have ruled out Typhoid, which was originally suspected as the cause of death.

The page has so far raised more than $50,000.

A former colleague of Clarke's said she was a positive person who would be greatly missed. Local medical professionals disagreed and rushed Kelly to Lautoka Hospital.

"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'".

That was the newlyweds' last ever conversation.

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.

Davis says they also believe it is important to respect her family's privacy at what must be a hard and distressing time.

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

"It shouldn't be on my finger", Mr Clarke said. The diagnosis was only delivered after Kelly passed away on Friday. The cost to get the young woman's body home is expected to be over $60,000 and will be covered by a combination of insurance and funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Fijian doctors have told the family they will not release Mrs Clarke's remains until they have conducted an autopsy.

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