She was in a medically-induced coma when her husband was laid to rest.
On December 9, a volcano eruption in New Zealand claimed the lives of 21 people. According to New Zealand police, the volcanic eruption occurred on White Island — also known by its Maori name, Whakaari. The fatal blast occurred just after 2 p.m. while 47 travelers — who were from the United States, Australia, China, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — were on the island. An Australian woman survived the volcano eruption but went into a coma. However, when she woke up two months later, she learned that her loved ones had tragically died in the eruption, reports People.
Hundreds of people have gathered at Adelaide Oval to farewell New Zealand volcano victim Gavin Dallow.— Elspeth Hussey (@ElspethHussey7) January 10, 2020
His wife Lisa is in a Melbourne hospital with burns to around 60% of her body. Her 15yo daughter Zoe was also killed. #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/BTiDXDkZoy
Lisa Dallow, 48, heard the news that her husband Gavin Dallow, 53, and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, died when she recently woke up from her medically induced coma, a family spokesperson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday. Lisa suffered 60 percent burns to her body and is being treated at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne reports The Australian.
Volcano victim wakes from coma to learn family died in eruption: Australian Lisa Dallow woke from a coma two weeks ago to learn her husband and daughter didn't survive the disaster, a family member said. https://t.co/NTZliegTQG— pop.finna (@popfinna) February 13, 2020
"It took her a while for it to sink in and then she just kept saying she can’t believe they have died," a representative for the family told the Adelaide Advertiser. "She remembers it exploding and then telling everyone to run. She then recalled how rocks were falling everywhere and hitting her on the back. She remembers thinking 'when are they going to come and rescue us?' The next thing she knows is she is in hospital and wondering where she was."
Adelaide woman Lisa Dallow has been found alive in New Zealand following the Whakaari volcano eruption. Her partner and daughter are still missinghttps://t.co/QyivQTZZ8Z— SBS News (@SBSNews) December 10, 2019
9 News reported that Lisa was still in a medically induced coma when her husband, Gavin, was laid to rest at Adelaide Oval last month. "We’ve got to be careful with anything we say to her because she’s very traumatized by what happened and it’s quite emotional," Dallow’s father-in-law Brian Dallow said, adding that she is "not entirely out of the woods." Her daughter Zoe's funeral had been delayed in the hopes that Dallow would be able to make it, according to the New Zealand Herald. But it seems unlikely that she would because of the extent of her injuries.
South Australians Gavin Dallow, his wife Lisa and her daughter Zoe are missing after the deadly New Zealand volcano eruption. #9News— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) December 10, 2019
They're among eleven Australians still unaccounted for: https://t.co/jFRikIETQR pic.twitter.com/oYtSegbdHS
Her sister-in-law Meredith said, "Obviously Lisa had no input into Gavin’s funeral. So they [family] want her to be able to have a bit of a say, even though she won’t be able to attend, in what she wants for Zoe. It means she hasn’t been able to attend her husband’s funeral or Zoe’s funeral. All she can do is watch the video."
A mother who survived the New Zealand White Island volcano eruption two months ago has woken from a coma. Lisa Dallow's family has confirmed they had to break the tragic news that her daughter and husband died during the disaster. | @kcostalos pic.twitter.com/yGYhyfJtO5— 10 News First Melbourne (@10NewsFirstMelb) February 11, 2020