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Ministry Saddened By Death Of Sydney Nurse, Says Davies

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies says the ministry is greatly saddened by the death of a Sydney nurse at Lautoka Hospital. He said: “We wish to
09 Oct 2017 11:00
Ministry Saddened By Death Of Sydney Nurse, Says Davies
Kelly Clarke with husband Chase.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies says the ministry is greatly saddened by the death of a Sydney nurse at Lautoka Hospital.

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

“We also believe it is important to respect her family’s privacy at what must be a difficult and distressing time.”

He said the ministry would comment when all the relevant facts were known.

Children’s nurse Kelly Clarke, 24, was on honeymoon with her husband Chase at Sigatoka when she fell ill.

Mrs Clarke originally dismissed it as a stomach bug and tried to sleep it off.

However, within hours she was rushed to hospital in Lautoka, where doctors began treating her for suspected typhoid. When she didn’t respond after two days it was decided early on Friday to induce a coma.

Mrs Clarke died at 10.40pm on Friday night, less than an hour before a medical evacuation team arrived to fly her to Sydney.

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

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

He said they had travel insurance but were waiting on a forensic Police report to find out her cause of death.

“We got a quotation to get her back in a private plane … for $61,000,” he said.

“I’m just with her parents at the moment, they’ve flown over, they’re trying to get money off their mortgage.

“We are just waiting on the Police to do the full report because the blood test came back negative for Typhoid.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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