Family Awaits Closure After Mysterious Deaths Of Fort Worth Couple In Fiji

Henrietta Strickland
June 9, 2019

The Ministry says they will continue to provide regular updates on any new information adding in the meantime, people should continue their lives as usual, take care of their health and seek medical attention if they feel ill, as they normally would.

The sickness that killed David and Michelle had caused them to come down with symptoms such as vomiting for hours, according to Marc Calanog, Michelle's father, who had been receiving text messages from her in Fiji. "We have been throwing up for 8 hours". Dave has diarrhea. My hands are numb.

"We just got back from the clinic. They gave us fluids and an anti-nausea drip", Calanog said his daughter said on another message. "They gave us electrolyte packets and anti-nausea pills".

The results of a Centers for Disease Control investigation into the so-far-unexplained deaths of a Fort Worth couple on vacation in Fiji likely won't be ready until the middle or end of next week, according to spokesman Burt Kelly. "Going to rest in our room".

David Paul had told his family members he and his wife had received medical treatment before being released by doctors at a local hospital.

Juliet Calanog responded, advising her daughter in a text to "slow down".

Michelle Paul died on May 25 and her 37-year-old husband passed away two days later. It said influenza has been ruled out.

Michelle Paul's sister-in-law, Tracey Calanog, said her family had received a call informing them of the couple's rapidly deteriorating health on the day before they were due to fly home.

A Fiji Health Ministry spokeswoman would only confirm to ABC News that blood samples from the couple were sent to a laboratory overseas for testing and the results could come back as early as the end of this week.

He said on Wednesday he heard from the U.S. Embassy in Fiji and discovered the CDC needed to do more work before a root cause of death could be determined.

The deaths were confirmed by a US State Department official, who said in a statement that American authorities were "closely monitoring" the investigation.

"I'm stuck in a nightmare", David Paul's sister, Rebecca Ward, said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.

He added, "You know my daughter's death".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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