Australian nurse who died in Lautoka hospital had Lupus

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An emergency medical flight to New Zealand came too late for Australian nurse Kelly Clarke, who died after contracting a mystery illness while on her honeymoon in Fiji.

The heartbreaking trip home will cost Kelly Clarke's family $61,000 but they are hopeful their insurance will cover the exorbitant costs.

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

The report says it was initially suspected that she had contracted typhoid, however blood tests revealed that the disease was not the cause of her death. Mr Clarke told News Ltd.

Clarke's sister started a GoFundMe page when her sister was first admitted to the hospital, asking for monetary help to bring Clarke home to be treated.


Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the honeymoon of the Sydney couple Chase and Kelly Clarke ended in tragedy after Kelly passed away on Friday.

Mrs Clarke grew up in Killarney Heights and worked for years at the Kirribilli Club where the couple celebrated their wedding in April.

Her mother flew to Fiji to meet Chase Clarke while her father and siblings remained in Australia.

Two days later, and just an hour before she was due to be medically evacuated back to Sydney, Ms Clarke was gone.

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


"Kelly was a dedicated nurse who loved working with children and will be greatly missed by her colleagues and patients", a hospital spokeswoman said.

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

Mr Clarke said his wife was intelligent and loving.

Fijian authorities will conduct an autopsy on Mrs Clarke's body, the findings of which will not be released until the examination is concluded.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to her family.


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