A Queensland mother and daughter have died on the Indonesian
holiday island of Bali, possibly due to a food allergy.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman confirmed
the tragedy on Saturday evening, stressing that the
distraught family had asked for privacy.
"We confirm the death in Bali of a 54-year-old woman and her
14-year-old daughter from Queensland," he told AAP.
"Our condolences are with the family and the family have
asked that their privacy be respected during this difficult
Police sources have told AAP the mother, a Sunshine Coast
health professional, and her teenage daughter checked in to
their beachfront resort on Bali's east coast on Friday.
Early on Saturday morning the girl asked staff at the Padang
Bai Beach Resort for help, telling them she and her mother
had fallen sick.
The pair were taken by private ambulance to a nearby medical
centre but about 1.45am local time the mother died, according
to local sources.
The girl was rushed to BIMC Hospital, an international clinic
in the Balinese capital of Denpasar, but could not be saved.
The bodies are now at Sanglah Hospital awaiting autopsy, one
police source said.
"Checking the scene, we found lots of medicine," he told AAP.
"We can't confirm the cause of death yet."
Another senior local police source has told AAP 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 forensic
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.