A young Brisbane woman has died after a blood clot developed after a family dinner last Sunday.
Dani Duchatel had been eating and playing cards with her family just before she went into cardiac arrest.
The 26-year-old had had surgery a few weeks earlier after breaking her leg and a month later had an unexpected complication that ended fatally.
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“A blood clot had formed from the surgery that traveled to her lungs and caused a pulmonary embolism,” family friend Chantelle Lay wrote on a GoFundMe established for Duchatel’s family.
“As a result, Dani went into cardiac arrest and could not be saved.
“On May 21, Dani tragically and suddenly passed away.”
The family is reportedly still awaiting the results of the autopsy to confirm the exact cause of Duchatel’s death.
She worked for the government and lived with her parents, with whom she was very close, while she was recovering from leg surgery, Lay said The courier post.
According to the publication, her mother attempted resuscitation, but her daughter could not be resuscitated.
The GoFundMe fundraiser has raised over $17,000 for the family of the young woman, who enjoys traveling and recently bought her first home.
“It allows them to be at home, take the time to grieve the loss of their daughter and help cover the costs of Dani’s funeral,” Lay wrote.
The Duchatel was recognized as a friendly and encouraging person.
“I can’t understand the pain and sadness of knowing you are gone,” a friend wrote on social media.
“Your love and kindness were so pure and being close to you made me want to be a better person.
“The time I spent with you is among the happiest moments of my life, from falling asleep on the sofa watching Friends to fighting frogs in the rainforest, I cherish everything.
“I love you, my sweet angel. Be quiet, we’ll see each other again.”
Another friend wrote: “I’m so thankful I knew you.
“I’ll miss you so much; I’ve had you sitting at my desk to keep me updated on life and always shared your hot chips with me on all our evenings. I’ll miss you forever.”
Another friend wrote: “There are some friends you don’t see every day, but you don’t have to… Because no matter when you see them, whether it’s in six days or six months or whatever, you pick them up. ‘ where you left off… like it was yesterday.
“You know them. The really special friendships. Probably friendship in its purest form.
“That won’t happen this time. See you in the next life, Dani. I will definitely miss you.”