Death of Helen Rhodes: Tragedy as midwife dies on plane in front of her two children

A “devoted” mother has died suddenly on a plane in front of her two children, who were forced to sit next to her body for eight hours before the plane landed in Germany.

Helen Rhodes traveled to the UK with her husband Simon and their son and daughter on August 5 after living in Tung Chung, Hong Kong for more than 15 years.

A few hours after the flight, Ms Rhodes – a midwife – was found unresponsive and could not be resuscitated after dying in her sleep.

The “one-of-a-kind” mother remained in her seat for the remaining hours of the flight before the plane landed in Frankfurt following the “extremely traumatizing” tragedy.

Ms Rhodes’ body remains in Germany and has yet to be repatriated, while her husband and two children, Nathan and Emma, ​​were forced to continue to the UK without her.

A GoFundMe appeal was set up by family friend Jayne Jeje to help the family honor our dear friend Helen and to help with unexpected expenses has raised over £10,000 so far.

Ms Jeje described how the family was ready to “start a new chapter” and Ms Rhodes was “looking forward” to seeing her aging parents, who she had not seen since the pandemic began.

Helen Rhodes (right) traveled home to the UK with her husband Simon (left) and their two children Nathan and Emma on August 5 after living in Tung Chung, Hong Kong for more than 15 years

Helen Rhodes (right) traveled home to the UK with her husband Simon (left) and their two children Nathan and Emma on August 5 after living in Tung Chung, Hong Kong for more than 15 years

Helen Rhodes (right) traveled home to the UK with her husband Simon (left) and their two children Nathan and Emma on August 5 after living in Tung Chung, Hong Kong for more than 15 years

She wrote: “Helen and her family ended more than 15 years in Hong Kong to start a new chapter in their native UK.

“Helen was excited and nervous about the move but was looking forward to seeing her family back home as she had not seen her family or aging parents since the pandemic began. Unfortunately, she never saw her again.

She continued: “We remain in disbelief and shocked at the sudden death of our dearest friend Helen Rhodes, whose life has touched many in Hong Kong and the UK.

“Helen was one of a kind, a gem. She was a midwife by trade and was always ready to offer advice and assistance to anyone who needed it.

“Helen loved to talk and made friends quickly. She was the pulse of her community in Tung Chung, Hong Kong.

“She couldn’t walk a few feet without meeting someone she knew by name. She was an early member of a close-knit, diverse group called the Tung Chung Mums.

“Over 200 women have turned to her first when they have a question about medical issues.

“Helene always made herself available to help others. She was smart, funny and generous with her time.”

A midwife by trade, the “unique” mother lay in her seat “in a breathless sleep” for the remaining eight hours of the flight until landing in Frankfurt. Pictured: Hong Kong

A midwife by trade, the “unique” mother lay in her seat “in a breathless sleep” for the remaining eight hours of the flight until landing in Frankfurt. Pictured: Hong Kong

A midwife by trade, the “unique” mother lay in her seat “in a breathless sleep” for the remaining eight hours of the flight until landing in Frankfurt. Pictured: Hong Kong

She added: “Helen was sharp and creative. She ran her own business making amazing custom made bows and accessories. Helen took pride in everything she did and her bows were exquisite.

“This fundraiser is to honor this beautiful woman who was loved by so many, a dear friend who touched so many people.

“We can only hope that she knew how much she meant to us and that her void can never be filled.

“How this loss is so painful and surreal. The sadness we feel is paralyzing. Still, we feel lucky to have known her.”

Describing what happened, Ms Jeje said: “On 5 August 2022, Helen died in her sleep on her flight from HK to the UK. Helen was found unresponsive a few hours into the flight.

“Despite our best efforts, Helen could not be revived. This all unfolded before her children. For the remaining 8 hours of the flight, Helen lay in her seat in a breathless sleep.

“Although this was extremely traumatizing for the family, everyone had time to tell her what they had to say.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Jayne Jeje to help the family with unexpected expenses and to

A GoFundMe page was set up by Jayne Jeje to help the family with unexpected expenses and to

A GoFundMe page was set up by Jayne Jeje to help the family with unexpected expenses and to “honor our dear friend Helen”. More than £10,000 has been raised so far

“Needless to say, they are devastated. This loss is unimaginable. Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She was the glue that held her family together.

“After landing in Germany and the protocol that followed, Helen stayed in Frankfurt while her husband (Simon) and two young children (Nathan and Emma) had to travel on to the UK without her.”

Andrew Spiers, admin of the Tung Chung Tower Communities Facebook page, paid tribute to Ms. Rhodes.

He said: “Unfortunately, Tung Chung’s own Helen Rhodes died on a flight back to the UK. She was with her husband Simon and two children.

“I only knew Helen at the ‘school gates’ level, but she was the most caring, generous and thoughtful person; also the most talkative! Tung Chung and the school pickup won’t be the same without you.

“I wish her family all the best for the future – I hope they find peace someday.

“Live life to the fullest folks and embrace those you love.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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