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A former Newry woman is fighting for her life in hospital in Brisbane, Australia after contracting a virus earlier this month.

Kathy McConville Kucuk attended her local hospital in Noosa, Queensland 15 November after feeling progressively worse following a recent bout of sickness that had also affected her husband and daughter although they both recovered. Kathy was kept in Noosa hospital and following tests a diagnosis of viral myocarditis was made and she was airlifted to hospital in Brisbane.

Mrs McConville Kucuk, 34, left Newry around ten years ago and following her marriage in 2017 she moved to Noosa, Queensland with her husband. Kathy is a daughter of Patricia McClelland.

Kathy McConville Kucuk with husband Fatih and daughter Zoe
Kathy McConville Kucuk with husband Fatih and daughter Zoe

Viral myocarditis occurs when a virus attacks and damages the heart muscle.

Sister in law Rachael Welch comments "She had immediate surgery to put a device on her heart that would keep it going. Kathy is now on life support and has already undergone 5 surgeries in less than 48 hours; the most risky one being open heart surgery to instead implant a device into her heart so her heart can keep working to give her the time to help build its strength and fight the virus."

Mrs McConville Kucuk is presently critical but stable. Her family have been told that her heart will not recover and as a result she has been placed on an emergency heart transplant list.

Ms Welch adds "Up until a week ago our beautiful Kathy was a healthy, vital woman, your everyday 34-year-old, young mother. She was working physically hard juggling a new busy business with her husband, all while balancing her domestic life and raising her beloved one-year-old daughter, Zoe." 

Sadly all that changed dramatically in the space of a few days.

Sister in law Raquel Welch has started a GoFundMe page in conjuction with her family.

Go to WWW.GOFUNDME.COM where you can read more.

Already donations have reached 24,000 Australian Dollars. 

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