Young Aussie tourist goes through shocking emergency during holiday

Travelling to exotic destinations is a dream for many.

These holidays offer a chance to explore vibrant cultures and stunning landscapes while indulging in local cuisines.

However, the risks associated with international travel are often overlooked, especially when it comes to health.

Julia Barresi, a 19-year-old tourist, was on her dream holiday when it suddenly took a drastic turn.

Described by her mum as a 'healthy, vibrant and switched on' girl, Julia's life was in peril after contracting a severe case of 'Bali belly'—also known as the traveller's diarrhoea common among visitors.

The distressing situation unfolded as Julia, enjoying her travels with friends, suddenly fell ill and did not recover after several days.

Julia, a 19-year-old tourist was supposed to enjoy her holiday when she suddenly fell ill. Image Credit: Pexels/Alesia Kozik

The situation escalated when she began suffering from seizures, prompting an urgent hospitalisation in Bali.

Despite her young age and a history of overcoming childhood health issues, Julia's condition rapidly deteriorated and led to a coma.

Julia's mum flew to Bali immediately and decided to evacuate Julia back to Australia for emergency treatment at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The cause of Julia's seizures was linked to low sodium levels—a complication arising from the severe dehydration and fluid loss associated with Bali belly.

The Bali belly, often caused by bacteria found in contaminated food and water, could also be triggered by viruses such as the Rotavirus or Norovirus.

If untreated, both viruses could lead to gastroenteritis.

Despite taking precautions with food, water, and hygiene, Julia's case illustrates that even the most careful travellers could fall victim to such ailments.

As Julia lay in a coma, her family and friends rallied around her.

With Julia's 20th birthday on the horizon, her family hopes she will recover in time to celebrate—though the road to recovery may be long and uncertain.

Julia's hospitalisation and repatriation to Australia alone was estimated at $170,000, not including the ongoing medical expenses.

Her family put up a GoFundMe page to help with the expenses.

Julia's harrowing experience serves as a cautionary tale for travellers.

It reminds us of the need to be vigilant about health risks when travelling to international destinations.

For our readers, particularly those planning trips to places like Bali, it's crucial to educate yourselves on the common health risks and take preventative measures.

We send our well wishes to Julia and her family in this challenging time.
Key Takeaways

  • A young Australian woman named Julia Barresi fell seriously ill while travelling in Bali and was placed in a medically induced coma.
  • Julia was believed to have contracted 'Bali belly', which possibly led to her condition.
  • After being evacuated from Bali, Julia was flown to The Royal Melbourne Hospital for emergency treatment and monitoring.
  • Her family set up a GoFundMe page to support Julia's medical expenses and hoped she would recover just in time for her 20th birthday.
Have you or someone you know ever experienced a severe illness while travelling? Share your stories with us in the comments below.
Go fund me???
About time they bought in a law where people aren't allowed to travel without travel insurance.
These GoFundMe pages are beyond a joke. I don't understand the cheek of people who set these pages up for travel related problems.
If you can't afford travel insurance then you can't afford to travel.
I always have travel insurance, better safe than sorry. Best wishes to Julia for a full & speedy recovery.
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