Tourist's final text before dying from mystery illness in Fiji
By Nikki Black
Writer / June 07 2019
Hours before dying in Fiji, young mum Michelle Paul texted her parents saying she had been vomiting for hours while on holiday.
"We are both going to the doctor now,” she told her father Marc Calanog via text message. “We have been throwing up for 8 hours. Dave has diarrhea. My hands are numb. We will text when we can.”
The 32-year-old and her husband David fell ill while holidaying in Fiji late last month and died within days of each other, Nine News reports. They have a young toddler together, and Mr Paul has an older daughter from a previous relationship.
There have also been reports that another tourist died, and several more people have been hospitalized.
The deaths of the US couple are being investigated by health officials in Fiji, with help from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We just got back from the clinic. They gave us fluids and an anti-nausea drip," Mrs Paul wrote in another message.
"They gave us electrolyte packets and anti-nausea pills. We still don't feel 100%. Going to rest in our room."
Family members urged the couple to rest and drink lots of water, but their illnesses quickly worsened and they died shortly afterwards.
Fiji's Ministry of Health said investigations into the cause of death are ongoing.