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Australian tourist fighting for life in Fiji to be flown home on $140,000 medical flight – but his family say the worst is yet to come


The family of an Australian tourist left fighting for his life in Fiji say they are nervously waiting for their loved one to be flown home by medical flight this week.

Forty-three-year-old Clayton Brett was due to fly home after a holiday in Fiji on May 1, but instead of boarding his flight, he stood outside the hospital with a stab wound to his stomach.

Now his family face an anxious wait as Mr Brett is due to land in Melbourne on a $140,000 medevac flight on Friday.

His half-brother, Matthew Davis, said he hoped his sibling would fly home and that there would be no adverse reactions during the transport.

«I hope the flight goes well, we don’t know how it will react in the air,» he said.

Clayton Brett, 43, was due to fly home after a holiday in Fiji on May 1, but instead of boarding his plane he went to hospital with a stab wound to his stomach.

Mr Brett quickly became extremely ill, the wound becoming infected and leading to septic shock.

The infection was so severe that he was put into an induced coma in the intensive care unit of Nadi Hospital.

Mr Brett’s sudden silence has caused concern for his family as his parents, half-brother and cousin have desperately tried to trace him.

Mr Davis said Mr Brett did not come home when he was supposed to and did not answer any phone calls.

Desperate, the family began calling hospitals in Fiji.

«We had a bad feeling something was going on so we called the hospitals to see if he happened to be in any of the hospitals,» Mr Davis said.

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“They got word that he was there and he actually had a stab wound to the stomach.

As soon as they heard the news, Mr Brett’s father Terry and step-mother Jenny Davis were on the next flight to Fiji to be by his side.

When they arrived, they were told Clayton had to stay in the 24-hour intensive care unit to receive treatment.

Septic shock is a life-threatening condition that can cause dangerously low blood pressure and organ shutdown.

Clayton now needs dialysis because his kidneys are failing, but the Nadi hospital does not have a working dialysis machine.

Mr Brett (pictured) quickly became extremely ill, the wound becoming infected and leading to septic shock

Mr Brett (pictured) quickly became extremely ill, the wound becoming infected and leading to septic shock

His parents now had to make the crucial decision to fly Clayton back to Australia to receive the necessary interventions via medevac.

Mr Davis said Clayton’s parents had managed to scrape together $140,000 to pay for a medevac flight to bring Clayton back to Melbourne for treatment.

«We had to find the money and pay up front before it could go forward,» Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis set up a GoFundMe to ease the financial stress of what he describes as an «already stressful situation».

«Funds raised will go towards alleviating financial pressure and stress on Terry and Jenny and will help cover international hospital and medical repatriation flight costs,» the fundraiser said.



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