When a family suffers a tragedy such as the death of another family member, they should not be forced to raise money that they don't have in order to get the body of aforementioned family member. However, that's exactly what Charlotte Carter's family had to do.
Charlotte Carter, a mental health nurse from Great Britain, was headed to Dubai for a holiday with friends when she fell ill. Her friends say she was in "top form" at the star of the trip, but started to feel sick during her flight. When she landed, her condition worsened. The young woman was rushed to the hospital where she tragically died due to a heart attack.
Now her friends and family are having to crowdfund to get Carter's body flown back to her home. Like many vacationers, Carter did not take out travel insurance and her family is looking at over 40,000 pounds ($52,200) in medical bills and expenses to return her body to the U.K.
Friends have stepped up and started a crowd fund to help cover the cost which will also include funeral expenses.
Carter's friend Megan Boyes writes on the Just Giving site:
"Our gorgeous friend Charlotte tragically lost her life at the age of 30. She was so excited to go on holiday to Dubai on a girls trip but sadly she fell ill on the flight which resulted in her being taken to intensive care once arriving in Dubai. After being resuscitated multiple times she unfortunately couldn't be saved."
"We want to help raise money, as like many young people do, Charlotte didn't take out travel insurance which means the medical bills and repatriation costs will be very high."
"Charlotte was the most caring, kind and thoughtful person and she dedicated her life to helping others as a mental health nurse. She was taken from us far too young. Any contributions however big or small will be very much appreciated by her family and friends."
Charlotte's friends have raised a little over 21,000 pounds ($27,402) so far. If they should raise more than what is needed, all extra will be donated to a mental health charity.
Charlotte was popular among her friends, and loved by many.
One friend, Melissa Jenkins, said she was "heartbroken."
"Get our girl home - Charlotte Carter we love you. Dubai will always have a piece of my heart but has also taken away a piece.
A childhood friend and fellow nurse, Jemma Ribiero, posted this to Facebook:
Many were shocked and saddened to hear the news:
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Our hearts go out to Charlotte's family and friends, and we hope they can bring Charlotte home soon.