Sydney nurse dies on Fiji honeymoon from mystery illness

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"I couldn't physically put her on the plane because of laws and regulations, so I had to just stand and watch. We will all miss her greatly".

"The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is saddened by the news of Ms Clarke's death", he said in an email to this newspaper. "The Australian Embassy has been absolutely outstanding", he said.

Sydney woman Kelly Clarke, 24, died of severe bilateral pneumonia in Lautoka Hospital, north of Nadi on Friday night, 30 hours after she complained of stomach pains.

Within hours she was taken to hospital - with doctors treating her for suspected typhoid but she failed to respond.

"I just love you and wish you were here", Mr Clarke said.

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

"We're just sitting here at the resort waiting to get approval to get her body home. Because I know physically I got to the hospital quicker than anyone else would have".

Mrs Clarke, a nurse at Westmead Children's Hospital, was initially thought to have typhoid, however her family has since revealed she died of severe bilateral pneumonia.

Initial reports confirm the nurse died of the infection but her husband said there were four additional "minor" causes highlighted.

"I told her to be strong, that I was coming straight back and to rest up because she needed her strength". She is remembered for her warm and empathetic personality and for always taking the time to go above and beyond for her patients.

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Mrs Clarke's sister, Tam Brown, has set up a Go Fund Me fundraising page to raise money to cover funeral expenses.

Donations are still pouring in despite the changed circumstances; more than 700 people have donated to the campaign in the last two days, and more than $50,000 has been raised.

Recalling the heart-wrenching moment he identified his late wife's body, Chase Clarke, 28, said "it was disgusting".

"No person will be the person that you are, no one will ever be in my life the person that you were".

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