Queensland mum dies weeks after falling ill
A previously fit and healthy young Queensland mother has died less than three weeks after she suddenly fell ill.
Last month, Kathy Kucuk, from Noosa, and her husband Fatih and one-year-old daughter Zoe all came down with a virus.
But while the rest of her family got better, the 34-year-old mum’s condition deteriorated and she was admitted to hospital.
Mrs Kucuk was diagnosed with viral myocarditis – an inflammatory and often deadly disease which attacks the heart and put on life support.
Last week, nine.com.au reported that Mrs Kucuk was critically ill and doctors at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane had to amputate her leg because of complications related to her condition.
However, Mrs Kucuk’s sister-in-law Rachael Welch confirmed to nine.com.au that she died on Monday evening as she underwent a sixth operation.
“It’s terrible for it to end this way... but it was just too much for her,” Ms Welch said, adding that the whole family was devastated.
Blood tests showed Mrs Kucuk had been suffering from the Epstein Barr virus, one of the most common viruses in humans.
“The myocarditis was caused by the virus but doctors can’t really say why Kathy’s body responded to it in that way,” Ms Welch said.
While rare, myocarditis is believed to account for 8 to 12 percent of unexpected and sudden deaths in otherwise healthy young adults, according to the Myocarditis Foundation.
Speaking before Mrs Kucuk’s death, Ms Welch said her sister-in-law, who moved to Australia from Ireland with her family 10 years ago, was a happy person.
“She is a really generous person and such a laugh. Being Irish, she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
“She is a great mum to Zoe. She just took to being a mother so easily. She wanted to be a mum for a while and that brought so much joy for her.”
Mrs Kucuk and her husband had just got married last year and moved from Melbourne to Noosa where they had recently started up their own business together, she said.
“I know that they were working hard with the new business. It was only a few weeks ago that I was talking to Kathy about all the things that they wanted to do.
“They were just starting their new life up there, that’s the tragedy of all of this.”
“It just shows how instantaneously something like this can happen.
Last month, Ms Welch set up an online fundraiser for the Kucuk family to help with their expenses and the fund will continue to take donations for Mrs Kucuk’s husband and daughter.
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