Richmond couple burned by volcano, expected to survive

A GoFundMe account has been created for the newlyweds

Richmond couple burned by volcano, expected to survive
Lauren Urey and Matthew Urey (Source: Family/Facebook)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WWBT) - Relatives of a newlywed American couple are now in New Zealand at a hospital where the couple is facing a long recovery. A GoFundMe account has been made to help with donations to help spread the word. The fundraiser has already reached $16k in donations.

Aaron McKendry has created a GoFundMe account for the newlywed couple. To donate to the GoFundMe page, click here.

Barbara Barham told The Washington Post Monday that 32-year-old daughter Lauren Urey and 36-year-old husband Matthew Urey were on their honeymoon.

Barham said the couple from Richmond, Virginia, had plans to visit a live volcano and weren’t concerned about possible eruptions. Barham said she got a call sometime later from Royal Caribbean asking if she’d heard from her daughter.

Then Matthew Urey’s mother called and relayed a distressing voicemail from her son saying they had been burned.

The couple are now recovering in a New Zealand hospital surrounded by family.

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