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Young woman died in front of her parents at a family dinner

The grieving family of a young woman who tragically passed away in front of her parents during a dinner gathering is seeking answers regarding her unexpected demise. Daniella Jane Duchatel, a 26-year-old resident of Brisbane, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at her parent’s residence on Sunday evening, May 21st.

In a desperate attempt to save her daughter, Kay Duchatel, Daniella’s mother, performed CPR after she collapsed, but sadly, her efforts were in vain. Just a month prior to this unforeseen tragedy, Daniella had broken her leg and sustained torn ligaments while walking home from a gathering with friends. She underwent emergency surgery and had a plate inserted in her leg, spending her recovery period at her parents’ house until her untimely passing.

Medical professionals suspect that a blood clot formed after the surgery and traveled to Daniella’s lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism—a life-threatening condition caused by a blocked blood vessel in the lungs that requires swift medical intervention.

The family now awaits the results of an autopsy to ascertain the precise cause of Daniella’s death. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, May 23rd, Kay confirmed her daughter’s passing and expressed profound sadness. She also mentioned that details regarding the funeral would be shared in the coming days, while kindly requesting privacy to cope with their loss, told Daily Mail.

One of Daniella’s close friends, Janis Michel, paid a heartfelt tribute to her on Instagram, reminiscing about Daniella’s dreams of exploring the world. Janis described Daniella as a beacon of love and kindness and expressed how being in her presence inspired personal growth.

Fondly recalling cherished memories together, Janis pledged eternal remembrance of their time and adventures. With deep affection, she concluded the tribute by professing love for her “sweet angel” and promising to travel the world on both their behalves. The pain of Daniella’s absence was palpable in Janis’s words.

To assist with the funeral expenses, Daniella’s friend, Chantelle Lay, initiated a GoFundMe campaign, seeking financial contributions. Recognizing the family’s need for support during this trying time, Chantelle highlighted the importance of allowing them to mourn and cope with the loss of their beloved daughter. The campaign has garnered over $16,000 AUD, nearing its target goal of $20,000 AUD.

The Duchatel family, devastated by the sudden passing of Daniella, continues to seek solace while awaiting answers about the circumstances surrounding her untimely death.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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