An investigation is underway after a Canadian and an American woman travelling together in Vietnam both died mysteriously.
AsiaOne reports the two women were staying in a room together in a hotel in Nha Trang. 26-year old Cathy Huynh of Canada had taken 27-year old Karin Joy Bowerman to hospital on July 30th. Bowerman had no obvious injuries but was in severe respiratory distress and her blood pressure had dropped to zero. She was put on a respirator as doctors continued to give her intensive care, but she died later that evening. Less than 2 days later Huynh was rushed to the same hospital with the same symptoms and in shock, but despite doctors best efforts she died the next day.
Vietnamese newspaper Tuoi Tre is reporting that health officials are investigating the possibility that they both died of some sort of poisoning.
Both consular officials from the US and Canada have been informed of the women's deaths and are assisting their families.
A website has been set up to try to raise $40,000 to bring Huynh’s body back to Canada and pay for a funeral, and more than $12,000 has been collected to far. The website says the woman was backpacking in Vietnam at the time of her death.
The CBC reports an autopsy was performed on Bowerman, she was cremated and her ashes sent back to the US.