British woman dies after getting mystery illness on plane

Majella Donoghue and her boyfriend had just got engaged on their 'dream holiday'

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Woman dies after becoming ill on plane home from holiday

A "vivacious" young woman died after falling ill on a flight home days after getting engaged on a dream holiday.

Majella Donoghue, 30, became suddenly and seriously unwell on the flight from Cape Town to London Heathrow.

She was attended to by new fiancé Barry Doherty and airline crew and was rushed to hospital by a waiting ambulance when the plane touched down on Sunday.

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Majella, from Belmullet, County Mayo, died later in hospital with grief-stricken Barry by her side as well as a family member who had rushed over from Ireland.

It is understood an autopsy has been carried out but the results are not yet available.

The remains are still in London, the Irish Mirror reported.

In the past few days, people have been flocking in large numbers to the Donoghue household to sympathise with the Donoghue family, her mother, Mary, twin brother, Stephen, brothers, Tommy, David and Brendan and her sister, Angela.

Majella, who worked as a "Talent Acquisition Specialist" at Galway City based firm, Boston Scientific, was predeceased by her father, Willie, some years ago.

Local priest, Fr. John Loftus said the community was numbed by the sudden death of a woman who was "pleasant, considerate and kind."

He added: "Just to meet Majella would put you in good form."

Fr. Loftus explained that Majella was always mindful of her family, travelling home frequently to visit and help mother, Mary, attend to the cleaning and decorative needs of their local Tirrane church.

"She had a social conscience," he explained. "Her good deeds spanned the world. She worked in Vietnam on charity purposes at one stage."

Local county councillor Gerry Coyle recalled that Majella worked in Costcutters Supermarket, Belmullet.

"She was highly thought of, very approachable," the councillor recalled.

While in Cape Town, Majella and Barry visited her godparents and the couple became engaged.

"What should be a very happy time for the family and community is now clouded in sadness," Councillor Coyle stated.

For more than three years, Majella was a valued member of staff at Boston Scientific in Galway where here job title was "Talent Acquisition Specialist".

She also worked as an Advocacy Volunteer for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as well as for the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.

In her earlier career days Majella produced a documentary on Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club aimed at promoting Wolves and increasing their fanbase.