A blind Australian woman who died in mysterious circumstances in Uganda told friends she feared she would be poisoned, her family has revealed.
Bronwyn Fielding, 37, moved to Uganda in 2007, leaving her three children at home in Australia to set up her Good Samaritan Organisation in the east African country to help orphans, the disabled and the elderly.
Her devastated parents Lynn and Ian Fielding, who live in Brisbane, are struggling to ascertain the exact circumstances of her death after Bronwyn sent her family text messages just weeks earlier saying she feared being poisoned.
Ms Fielding’s body was found in Uganda in late June but her family have not been able to raise the funds to get her remains back home to Australia.
Her uncle, David Pagey, told ABC News her family had heard “three different accounts of how she passed away,” although the official autopsy states that she died from a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in her lung.
“We would like tissue samples taken and blood samples taken if possible, so we can have them tested here in Australia, to check for certain she wasn’t being poisoned,” Mr Pagey said.
In 2011 Ms Fielding was believed to have had a run-in with a charity worker who she reported to the police for fraud, and who was later jailed.
In 2013 she married Ugandan man Michael Osago, who was questioned but has not been charged in relation to his wife’s death.
“They may think that maybe I’m a liar or I have done something wrong to her or anything,” Mr Osago said.
“But I’m just requesting them, please, trust what I’m saying.”
Ms Fielding’s three children, Kierra, Jack and Kaitlyn, were reportedly not happy at their mother’s decision to move to Uganda.
“It’s ripping my little brother apart,” Kierra, 17, told the ABC.
“He didn’t like her choices – none of us liked her choices – but we really loved her.”