Kiwi woman dies in Honolulu after mid-flight heart attack

Carol Bartlett was on board a flight from Vancouver to Auckland when she suffered a heart attack. Photo/file
Carol Bartlett was on board a flight from Vancouver to Auckland when she suffered a heart attack. Photo/file

Loved ones of a Kiwi woman have been left with a six-figure medical bill after she suffered a heart attack on a flight and had to stop in Honolulu for emergency treatment.

Carol Bartlett died despite the treatment, and was farewelled today at a service in New Lynn.

Carol Bartlett died in Honolulu, after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Vancouver to Auckland.
Carol Bartlett died in Honolulu, after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Vancouver to Auckland.

She had been on a flight from Vancouver to Auckland when she had the heart attack, and the plane made an emergency landing at Honolulu, according to a Give a Little page set up to help with her medical bills.

Bartlett, a teacher, fisher, and photo enthusiast, died on September 12.

"The Pali Momi Medical Center where Carol spent several days is not for profit, but intensive care comes at a cost, especially in the US, and it must be paid for," the page said.

"We invite those who knew and loved Carol to help cover the bill, which runs into six figures."

So far, the page has raised at least $13,500.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Acts spokesman said they were aware of the death of a New Zealand woman who died in Honolulu.

"The New Zealand Consulate-General in Honolulu provided consular support to her family," he said.

The Give a Little page can be found at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/carolusmedicalbill.

- NZ Herald

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