A mother died in a hospital in Bali despite the desperate efforts of her family to take her home after her insurance company and the government refused to help.
The mother of two Abby Hartley, from New Zealand, was rushed to the hospital on the Indonesian island last month after experiencing severe pain during her second honeymoon.
She was taken to the ICU at BIMC Nusa Dua Hospital, where she was found to have a twisted bowel and underwent surgery.
The mother of New Zealand, Abby Hartley (pictured in the center), died in a hospital in Bali despite her family's desperate effort to raise money to take her home.
Ms. Hartley was placed in an induced coma after suffering acute respiratory distress syndrome. She had also developed septicemia.
On August 9, a Givealittle page was launched to raise money for hospital expenses and a $ 137,000 bill to take home on a medical evacuation flight.
Her family was forced to start crowdfunding when Ms. Hartley's insurance company refused to cover her medical expenses because she had a pre-existing condition.
Ms. Hartley's condition was too unstable to travel on a commercial flight and she would have needed a specialized plane with the necessary attention to get to New Zealand.
The fundraising page, which was established to raise $ 268,000, was cut on August 30 with $ 237,000 raised, as the family committed to cover the remaining amount.
Mrs. Hartley's family (pictured left) launched a Givealittle page on August 9 to raise money for expensive hospital expenses and a $ 137,000 bill to take home.
Ms. Hartley was on her second honeymoon in Bali when she started experiencing severe pain last month
The family had also begged the New Zealand government and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to help bring Ms. Hartley home.
But the deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Winston Peters, wrote to the family to say that no help could be offered because Ms. Hartley fell ill abroad.
Ms. Ardern told Radio NZ that she wished "I was in a position to have helped."
He heard about Mrs. Hartley's death on Monday afternoon and offered his condolences to the family.
Mrs. Hartley's family (pictured, center left) was forced to raise money after the insurance company refused to pay her mother's heavy medical bills
Ms. Hartley (pictured right) saw that her vacation plans in Bali became a nightmare after being admitted to the island hospital, but she saw her insurance company refuse to pay her bills
There is no doubt that this is obviously destroying and including all the New Zealanders who came to support the family, "said Ms. Ardern.
"The money was raised to take it home and it's incredibly sad that that opportunity just did not happen."
In social networks, friends and family paid tribute to Mrs. Hartley.
"Abby, you are and always will be a beautiful soul and a wonderful light in my life. You have given me good advice over the years that I have had the privilege of meeting you, "wrote one.
The Embassy of New Zealand in Jakarta was providing consular assistance to the family, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mrs. Hartley had been taken to the ICU at BIMC Nusa Dua hospital (pictured)