Argentine teenager reportedly falls into a coma during Dominican Republic vacation
By NELSON OLIVEIRA | New York Daily News | Published: June 26, 2019
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Tribune News Service) -- A 15-year-old tourist from Argentina is in a coma at a Dominican Republic hospital after suffering organ failure last week, fueling anxiety over the Caribbean country's recent rash of seemingly mysterious deaths.
Candela Aylen Saccone suffered a "diabetic ketoacidosis, with renal failure and cerebral edema" the same day she was scheduled to return home, according to local and Argentine media. Her family, however, claims she had no history of diabetes.
The teen passed out at a Punta Cana hotel on June 19 and was taken to a local hospital before her condition dramatically worsened, Argentina's La Nacion newspaper reported. She was then transferred to a Santo Domingo clinic, where she went into a coma, according to La Nacion.
The clinic said this week that Saccone's condition remains critical but with some improvement.
Tourism authorities and the Argentine Embassy are monitoring the case.
The news comes just days after another US. tourist unexpectedly died while visiting the island nation. Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, N.Y., went into respiratory distress and died last week after drinking something at a Santo Domingo resort. He was at least the 11th American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic since last summer.
Although the death toll isn't higher than normal, the circumstances over several of them have raised red flags and led the FBI to join some of the investigations.
On May 25, Miranda Schaupp-Werner, of Allentown, Pa., died after taking a drink from the minibar from a hotel where she and her husband were staying to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary. Five days later, Maryland couple Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day were found dead at the same resort complex.
In 2018, 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic from causes including homicide, car accidents and drowning, according to the State Department.
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