As I said earlier wild_spot, I am sorry for your loss. But I am even more sorry you had to read through what I term "the usual snark" that seems to permeate some posts around here. Obviously some people just can't seem to imagine someplace where the nearest vet is 17 hours away, which if one drives 70 MPH (US miles) equals out to roughly 1190 miles away. They apparently haven't been out of their own cozy little corner of the world enough to really understand just how remote you are talking about. They are also quite quick to assume that negligence is involved and almost trip themselves jumping to conclusions based on limited information.
We grow too soon old, and too late smart.