Family of nurse who died on a 'girls trip' away can't get her body back unless they pay $40K
Charlotte Carter did not get a chance to enjoy her holidays. She passed soon after her flight landed. Now, her family is struggling to get her back home.
The Sun reported that the 30-year-old nurse succumbed to a heart attacked as she drove a taxi to the hotel. She was heading to a five-star accommodation in Dubai named the Five Palm Jumeirah hotel.
Carter's health issues began on her flight from Gatwick, Britain. Two friends were with her and the group indulged in champagne before taking off. The flight lasted seven hours.
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On October 29, the Swansea woman's journey ended in a hospital where she passed after being resuscitated "multiple times."
Because Carter opted out of travel insurance, her family must pay $40, 000 to have her body sent to Britain. The mental health nurse's friends and families have rallied together to get the funds.
They set up a crowdfunding page to raise the sum. Megan Boyes, who started the page, said
"We want to help raise money, as like many young people do, Charlotte didn’t take out travel insurance which means the medical bills and repatriation costs will be very high. Charlotte was the most caring, kind and thoughtful person and she dedicated her life to helping others as a mental health nurse. She was taken from us far too young."
She implored the public to chip in:
"Any contribution however big or small will be very much appreciated by her family and friends."
She explained that the target "doesn't include the medical fees etc but it's another important target for us to aim for and to help Charlotte's family."
Boyes also stated:
“She was so excited to go on [vacation] to Dubai on a girls trip but sadly she fell ill on the flight which resulted in her being taken to intensive care once arriving in Dubai."
Another friend, Melissa Jenkins, was "heartbroken" by Carter's death. She was on the flight with Carter.
She also reached out for help:
"Get our girl home - Charlotte Carter we love you. Dubai will always have a piece of my heart but has also taken away a piece.
Carter was apparently on her way to see her best friend Kate George. George said: "My best friend came on holiday to see me and went into cardiac arrest in the taxi on the way to my house."
According to NY Post, the authorities are also involved. A Foreign Office and Commonwealth spokesman reportedly said: "We are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in the UAE, and are in contact with the Emirati authorities.”
A JustGiving page shows donations of over $26,000 already.
Being left with the burden to pay thousands of dollars for a loved one's body is an unfortunate reality throughout the world. The high cost should to cover embalmment, specialized caskets, and of course the flight back home.
Washington, United States charges $15,000 for transportation of bodies. In London it costs $6,700, and in China $16,000. In Australia, the price ranges from $2,200 up to $11,000.
The process may go through delays from paperwork, viewings, and even a funeral service. Then officials transport it on an international flight.
Back in July 2018, another nurse's body was found, but it resulted from murder. Samantha Steward's father was devastated when his daughter was found dead in her room at Queens.
Her brother were the ones who discovered the horrendous sight. Stewart's teeth were knocked up and her tongue was out. Someone had left her naked and wrapped in sheets.
The 29-year-old's father suspected that a man his daughter had recently begun dating was guilty of the crime. But the police were still investigating and no arrest has been made yet.
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