A young Australian woman has died during her honeymoon in Fiji after falling ill to a mystery illness she initially dismissed as an upset stomach.
Kelly Clarke, 24, died on Friday night two days after she had been rushed to hospital after ‘having a shower and putting herself to bed’ after feeling sick on Wednesday evening.
According to the Daily Telegraph the newly wed was on her honeymoon with groom Chase Kelly, 28, who has revealed the couple’s final conversation.
‘She said over the phone she was scared she was going to die and I just told her I loved her, what else could I say?’ Mr Clarke said.
‘I told her to be strong, that I was coming straight back and to rest up because she needed her strength.’
Doctors initially thought the young honeymooner had caught Typhoid and started her on treatment – before putting her into a coma on Friday when her condition continued to deteriorate.
Her devastated husband has now revealed the blood tests have come back negative for the disease.
Mr Clarke has described his wife as intelligent, beautiful and caring.
Mrs Clarke’s sister, Tam Brown, a nanny living in Sydney, opened a fundraiser page on Friday morning when the family realised she was not getting better in Fiji.
The page managed to raise $14,300 in just 21 hours – but the young woman wasn’t to be saved.
The young woman’s brother, Murray, posted a loving tribute to his sister after she died.
‘Kelly has passed away,’ he wrote.
‘She went into cardiac arrest five times in the last hour and the medivac team didn’t make it in time.
‘You (were a) beautiful girl and amazing sister you will be deeply missed,’ he wrote.
Tributes flowed in quickly for the young woman.
‘We are so devastated to hear this news. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Kelly was a beautiful girl,’ said one.
‘The world has lost a beautiful caring soul. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Strength and love to the family,’ said another.
‘I am sincerely sorry to hear of such a sudden and tragic loss. My thoughts are with you and the family. This is utterly heartbreaking. Sending my deepest condolences and love to you all,’ another wrote.
The couple were married in April but held off their honey moon so they could be in Fiji for a friend’s wedding.
Mrs Kelly’s mother is believed to have been travelling to Fiji to be with her daughter and son in law on Friday.