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Bali deaths: mother and daughter ate fish before deaths

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· Qld mum and daughter die in Bali

A Queensland woman and her daughter who died while on holidays in Bali ate a fish meal before their deaths, their family says.

Noelene Gay Bischoff and her daughter Yvana Jeana Yuri Bischoff booked into a Bali resort on Friday but contacted staff for help hours later after falling ill.

Police say the 54-year-old mother died on route to the Bali International Medical Clinic (BIMC) and her 14-year-old daughter also died a short time later.

Ms Bischoff’s brother-in-law Kevin Bowe says a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs suggests the pair died from eating fish somewhere in Ubud.

“On the news this morning they said something different, but we’ve been told it is fish they’ve eaten,” he said.

“We are sticking to that at the moment, that was the report from DFAT.”

Earlier reports suggested the pair may have suffered from food poisoning but staff at the medical clinic would not say if they knew the cause of death.

Another senior local police source said the treating doctor at the first clinic suspected a food allergy.

“What kind of food, we don’t know,” he said.

“All the medicines are from abroad.

“The vomit and medicines have been taken to [a] forensic laboratory.” 

Mother-daughter holiday turns to tragedy

Mr Bowe says the mother and daughter often went on holidays together and had just arrived in Bali for a two week holiday together.

Ms Bischoff worked as a nurse at the Caloundra Hospital and cared for her elderly mother while raising her daughter as a single parent.

“She’d done a great job, looking after the whole family and made a good living,” he said.

“She relied on no-one else. She did it all on her own, she was quite independent.”

 

He says Ms Bischoff got on well with her teenage daughter.”[Yvana] was effervescent, plenty of life.

Educated and had everything planned,” he said.

“She knew what she wanted to do, had her life planned and she would’ve done it too.”

DFAT says the Australian Consulate-General in Bali is liaising with local authorities and the government is providing consular assistance to the family in Australia.

“Our condolences are with the family and the family have asked that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” said a DFAT spokesperson.

“The Australian Consulate-General in Bali is liaising with local authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the family in Australia.

“The family have given permission for an autopsy, and the bodies are now at Sanglah Hospital.”