The family of a young Texas couple who died in Fiji is searching for answers after the pair came down with an unknown illness just days into their dream vacation.
David and Michelle Paul of Fort Worth arrived in Fiji on May 22 for a trip of a lifetime, but were soon taken to a hospital with severe symptoms. They died several days later.
The cause of the couple’s sudden deaths remains under investigation as loved ones say the pair, who shared a two-year-old son, were both fit and healthy.
David was a veteran of the Air Force and Michelle was a former student athlete, according to the latter’s sister-in-law Tracey Calanog.
She said the family received a call informing them of the couple’s rapidly deteriorating health on the day before they were due to fly home.
‘They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital,’ Calanog told WFAA.
Michelle was the first to die. David was going to be transported to Australia for further treatment, but he died before that could happen.
A US Department of State official confirmed the travelers’ deaths and offered condolences to their family.
The department is keeping an eye on the investigation by local authorities. The bodies will be returned to the US after the cause of death is determined.