Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Pneumonia Caused 24 YO Australian Woman's Death In Fiji, Says Family

Pneumonia Caused 24 YO Australian Woman's Death In Fiji, Says Family

"In between seeing her 10 minutes before... until she went to the room, within 20 minutes she called me and I knew we were at a critical stage when things had turned right upside down", Mr Clarke said.

Mrs Clarke's brother Murray Shaw told The Daily Telegraph the nurse died of "severe bilateral pneumonia".

Mr Clarke is relieved have her out of Fiji after her sudden death on Friday, describing her agony before she died.

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

Mr Clarke is devastated by his wife's death and now wears her wedding ring.

"The Children's Hospital at Westmead extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to Kelly's family, friends and colleagues, in particular, her husband".

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services will not be making any more public statements on the death of Australian nurse Kelly Clarke who died at the Lautoka Hospital last Friday after an unsuspected illness.

Mr Clarke said he now faced having to plan his wife's funeral.

A spokeswoman for The Children's Hospital at Westmead said Kelly-who worked as a post-operative nurse-would be sorely missed. After falling ill on Wednesday, Clarke was admitted to Lautoka Hospital.

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

Mr Clarke now has to plan a funeral six months after the couple were Wednesday.

"She said call an ambulance".

The couple were married in April.

Mr Clarke believed his wife had been vaccinated against typhoid, but she had contracted immune disorder lupus earlier this year.

"Kelly was bright, bubbly and over the top; she loved her makeup and always looked the part", Kirribilli Club duty manager Launa Harper said.

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

The family were initially told it would cost $61,000 to bring the young woman home - but her insurance covered the cost.

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

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