Good Samaritan pays tribute to NZ visitor who died in Tonga

A good Samaritan who helped rushed a New Zealand woman who died in Nuku’alofa to hospital has paid a tribute to her death online.

Monique Suzanne Laurenson, 53, also known as Dunnett of Wellington passed away suddenly in Tonga on Monday 27 August 2018, according to a death notice published in the Dominion Post on Thursday.

Tonga Police reportedly said her death was of natural causes.

Sulia Perkins wrote on Facebook that she and her husband walked into Vuna bar on Monday when a husband was holding his wife. She said the husband asked them to call an ambulance.

“We called the ambulance and continued to help the husband the best we can as we tried to guide him in performing CPR along with the helpful staff of Vuna Bar,” Perkins wrote.

“Called the ambulance again and they suggested that we drive her to the hospital.

“We met the ambulance on the road and they took her, her husband and one of the staff from Vuna.

Perkins said she found out after about 30 minutes from the incident that Laurenson has died in hospital.

“My condolences to the husband of the deceased.”

“I drove to the hospital to offer my condolences to the husband and offered help with anything since they are non Tongans and only visiting here.

“It was sad but I was relieved to see her at peace.

“May you rest in God’s love Monique!” Perkins wrote.

The Dominion Post’s death notice said:

“Amazing mother of Ekaterina and Alex. Wonderful daughter of Marcia and Dave. Loving sister of Justine and Rachele. A service to celebrate Monique’s life will be held in St Theresa’s Catholic Church, 210 St Andrews Rd, Plimmerton, on Tuesday, 4th September at 11.00am, followed by burial.”

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