Texas woman who mysteriously died in Fiji said she and husband had been 'throwing up for 8 hours'
A Texas couple who traveled to Fiji for a dream vacation reportedly threw up for eight hours before dying days apart, according to ABC News.
Michelle and David Paul of Forth Worth arrived at Denarau Island, west of Fiji's main island, on May 22 and became suddenly sick a while later. In text messages to her parents, Michelle, 35, told her mother Juliet Calanog, who lives in Nevada, that she and her husband needed medical attention.
"We are both going to doctor now," she wrote. "We have been throwing up for 8 hours. Dave has diarrhea. My hands are numb. We will text when we can."
When the two returned to their hotel, Michelle sent another text but did not seem optimistic about their condition.
"We just got back from the clinic," she wrote. "They gave us fluids and anti-nausea drip. They gave us electrolyte packets and anti-nausea pills. We still don't feel 100%. Going to rest in our room."
The medication, however, weren't enough: Michelle died on May 25 and her husband, who was 37 years old at the time, died on May 27.
Since then, the Fiji Health Ministry, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have worked together to figure out what caused the couple's death. A spokeswoman for the Fiji Health Ministry told ABC News that blood samples were taken from the two and were sent to a laboratory for testing. Five people who came into contact with the Pauls were also quarantined as a precaution.
"Influenza has been ruled out, and at this stage, we do not believe there is a risk to the public," the Fiji Health Ministry said in a statement last Tuesday. "It would be premature to speculate further on the cause of death until the investigation is complete."
The Pauls are survived by four children: a 1-year-old son they had together and three children from previous relationships.