A nurse who died on a girls’ holiday in Dubai has been returned to Britain after friends and family raised almost £30,000 to bring her home.
Charlotte Carter had been ‘excited’ for her winter sunshine holiday with friends and was due to stay at the plush Five Palm Jumeirah hotel.
However, the 30-year-old mental health nurse began feeling ill on the flight before suffering a heart attack in a taxi to their hotel.
The nurse began feeling ill on the flight before suffering a heart attack in a taxi to their hotel, the Five Palm Jumeirah hotel in Dubai
She was taken into intensive care and resuscitated ‘multiple times’ but tragically died.
Charlotte, of Swansea, South Wales, did not take out travel insurance ahead of the trip and her family faced £30,000 costs to cover medical bills and to bring her home to the UK.
A crowdfunding page set up by friend, Megan Boyes, raised £28,322 in 13 days – enough to bring Charlotte home to Wales.
Friend Megan Boyes, who set up a crowdfunding page for Charlotte’s family, described her as ‘our gorgeous friend.. who tragically lost her life at the age of 30’
Susan Carter, Charlotte’s mother, said: ‘Our beautiful Charlotte crossed the Severn Bridge into Wales at 17:57.
‘We could not have got this far without each and every one of you. So so many thanks.’
‘We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from everyone. All your love and kindness is the only thing that is getting us through this.
As Charlotte (left and right) did not take out travel insurance ahead of her trip her family now face £30,000 costs to cover medical bills and to bring her home to the UK
‘From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for helping us get our beautiful girl home to us.’
A post mortem examination is due to be held in Britain to determine her cause of death.
A Foreign Office and Commonwealth spokesman said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in the UAE, and are in contact with the Emirati authorities.’
Charlotte had flown with two female friends on October 29 from Gatwick Airport and the group ordered bottles of champagne before taking off.
Friend Megan Boyes, who set up a crowdfunding page, said: ‘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.
Charlotte Carter (left) died after being taken ill on her flight from Gatwick to Dubai with two female friends. One of which was Melissa Jenkins (right)
‘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.’
Friend Melissa Jenkins, who flew to Dubai with Charlotte, said she was ‘heartbroken’.
She said: ‘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.
‘Live your life you never know what’s round the corner….always my angel xxx.’