"While the medical staff [at Lautoka Hospital] who treated Ms Clarke did their best, the facilities and processes were not good enough. It was just a f***ing shemozzle. It's not something I'd want anyone to experience. It's just gut-wrenching. It's absolutely disgraceful. Their hospital system [in Fiji] is back in the 1990s, if not the 1980s. It's just unacceptable from my point of view. It needs a big shake-up. They just need a big upgrade." -
Widower Chase Clarke
FFP HEALTH MINISTER Rosy Akbar on public record:
"Don't expect to be treated like private patients while going to
public hospitals in Fiji."
Fijileaks: The rotten state of affairs, as we have repeatedly asserted, must lie with the D'Hondt Electoral System where a candidate with 400 plus votes becomes a FFP Cabinet Minister, and since there is no provision in the Constitution for a by-election, these Ministers are behaving as if they own Fiji. Worse, Aiyaz Khaiyum has become Minister for Everything, with conflict of interest at the heart of Government accountability. Who to BLAME and SACK is no longer an option. And if the FFP does sack Akbar, another FFP losing candidate will get a call to enter Parliament - in his or her case with 250 VOTES. - under D'Hondt!
And all SODELPA is busy with - trying to revive the 'dead' Great Council of Chiefs - but the GCC must remain in induced coma until it agrees to reform and accept modern changes in Fijian society
The husband of Sydney nurse Kelly Clarke who died suddenly on the couple's Fiji honeymoon has revealed the horrific sight he faced while identifying his wife.
Those other bodies had to be moved so Mr Clarke, 28, could remove the sheet from his wife's head.
Comforted by his mother Linda, and wearing his wife's wedding ring on his little finger, the distraught man described the last words he ever spoke to his new wife. The pair chatted over the phone, in a call made just before she was placed into an induced coma she wouldn't wake up from.
'I just told her I loved her, stay strong, we're going to get out of this,' Mr Clarke said.
'She just told me she was scared she was going to die.
'She was panting through her breath.
'And yeah, the rest is history. I never spoke to her again.'
Mr Clarke was joined by family and friends for a backyard wake at Willoughby, on Sydney's lower north shore, on Tuesday afternoon. While the medical staff who treated Ms Clarke did their best, Mr Clarke said the facilities and processes were not good enough.
'It was just a f***ing shemozzle,' he said. 'It's not something I'd want anyone to experience. It's just gut-wrenching.
'It's absolutely disgraceful. Their hospital system is back in the 1990s, if not the 1980s.
'It's just unacceptable from my point of view.
'It needs a big shake-up. They just need a big upgrade.'
Medicine his wife needed was not available, medivac transport was too difficult to organise and every process was too slow, Mr Clarke said.
'They're just on Fiji time.'
Ms Clarke was initially believed to have contracted typhoid but blood tests ruled that out.
'The results came back after her death,' Mr Clarke said. 'That's too long.'
He was unsure whether his wife's life could have been saved.
'There are a lot of possibilities that we don't really understand at the moment,' he said.
Mr Clarke said he was speaking out about the Fijian hospital system in hope of helping others and in honour of his wife.
'We're doing it for Kelly. We're doing it for everyone else.
'I'm just sorry it had to be her.
'If she could help improve any system she would find a way to do that.'
Mr Clarke was wearing his wife's ring on his little finger, next to his own wedding band, as he spoke of the woman he had lost.
'She was such a strong individual. She was beautiful. She was intelligent. Courageous. Confident.
'She looked up to everyone. She looked after everyone.
'She loved kids. We were planning a family and everything.
'We were moving forward as a couple.'
'It's just one step at a time now.'
Mr Clarke praised Australian consular officials who had been available '24/7' and was grateful for donations that had helped cover huge expenses.
The family made a fundraising page to help bring the young woman home before she died, more than $52,000 was donated.
'I just want to say thank you to everyone.
'Thank you for all your love and support.'