Family Raising Money To Bring Missionary Home For Burial

Lisa Fielding
November 05, 2018 - 5:26 pm

Meghan Liddy (GoFundMe)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Meghan Liddy, a 2012 Wheaton Warrenville South High School graduate, moved to Africa five years ago to help children in need of medical procedures.

"During her time in Africa, in Ghana, she fell in love with the people, the place, she really knew that that was her heart," said Trisha Steele, Liddy's aunt.

Liddy raised $20,000 and went back to Uganda and did some missionary work and eventually moved to Ghana.

"This is where her two foster daughters come into play. She fostered them for nearly five years. She was raising funds trying to get the adoption part worked out. She wanted to bring them back to the U.S."

Liddy was in the process of finalizing the girls' adoptions when she contracted malaria.

"She had malaria once before, but she survived it. It's very common over in the tropical South of Africa."

The infection became much worse than normal and began attacking her organs. Meghan died Friday.

"She told her mother that she wasn't doing well. Over that next 36 hours, her body started shutting down. She had a pulmonary embolism. The night before her passing, my sister called me and said she had to be put on a ventilator. At this point, we knew things weren't good. We called the embassy to see if a medical transport could be set up. We could do nothing. We were a half a world away."

Steele said they are hoping to raise money to bring her remains back to the U.S.

"Unfortunately, insurance doesn't cover these types of things. Now, we're just devastated but we’re trying to do the very best. There is a lot of red tape and it's very expensive to have somebody shipped back to the U.S. especially from a place like Africa."

Steele says they are hoping to raise at least $20,000 in order to transport Libby back to Nebraska where she will be buried on the family plot.

"That's the whole goal of this GoFundMe to raise funds to bring Megan back here and have her buried with the family and give my sister and her son some peace. It's just so hard. We couldn't get over there fast enough before all of this happened."

The 25-year-old's first trip to Africa was a church mission to Uganda when she was 18.

"Meghan was very active and very vocal in her beliefs and her love of children and human justice. I am hoping we can continue that legacy and spread her message and her love and do right by the things she believed in."

So far, the GoFundMe page has surpassed its goal and has raised nearly $22,000.