Australian Dad Paul Browitt Identified As 18th Victim Of White Island Volcano Tragedy
Melbourne father Paul Browitt has been identified as the 18th victim of the White Island volcano eruption after he died in hospital on Sunday night.
Paul, who was being treated at The Alfred died from his injuries, more than a month after the tragedy.
He was being treated in Melbourne alongside his daughter Stephanie, 23, who remains in hospital, after they were airlifted back to Australia.
Paul's younger daughter, Krystal, 21, was the first victim identified to have been killed in the tragedy.
Marie Browitt, their heartbroken mother, is understood to have been by her husband and surviving daughter's hospital bedsides for the last month.
She was also on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship with her family, but it's believed she stayed behind on the ship during the excursion to the island.
The Alfred in Victoria confirmed a male patient had died at their hospital and said two women remain in hospital.
It's understood the two patients are Stephanie, and Adelaide mum Lisa Dallow whose husband Gavin and daughter Zoe were killed in the tragedy.
"We are sad to inform that one of the three patients The Alfred received from the volcano tragedy has passed away," the hospital said in a statement.
"Two patients continue to receive specialist burns care. One is in a stable condition. One is in a critical condition."
"The death of this person brings the official number of deceased to 18, 16 of whom died in New Zealand and two in Australia," New Zealand Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said on Monday.
Friends of the Browitt family have started up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support them. So far it has raised close to $76,000.
In a statement shared via friend Steven Galea who organised the online campaign, Marie said she appreciated the love and support offered to her and her family.
"Overwhelmed and with heartfelt gratitude, she wishes to pass on a big THANK YOU for all the offers of support, donations and warm wishes which have been lovingly provided," the statement said.
"Unfortunately, she is still unable to personally reach out to anyone at the moment, as her focus remains with her family in the hospital."