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Five-month-old baby dies after drinking turtle blood as a remedy for COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic

Five-month-old baby dies after drinking turtle blood to protect her from coronavirus in the Dominican Republic

  • The child received the animal blood from a medicine man and died on Sunday
  • Her seven-year-old sister and her parents also drank the blood and were sent to the hospital
  • The five-month-old girl has been described as Haitian by local reports
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

A five-month-old girl has died after drinking turtle blood to protect her from Covid-19.

Local media in the Dominican Republic report that her seven-year-old sister and her parents have been hospitalized after drinking animal blood as part of a drink recommended to them by a Haitian medicine man.

According to reports, the baby was already dead by the time she arrived at Comendador Rosa Duarte Hospital.

A five-month-old girl died Sunday after drinking turtle blood as a cure for coronavirus. Her sister and parents, who also drank the animal blood, are also hospitalized

A five-month-old girl died Sunday after drinking turtle blood as a cure for coronavirus. Her sister and parents, who also drank the animal blood, are also hospitalized

Her family members are said to be “serious but stable.”

Hospital director Dahiana Volquez was quoted as saying, “These kinds of cases are caused by people who think that these drinks may have healing properties, but could eventually be fatal.”

Comendador is a municipality in the province of Elias Pina on the border of the Dominican Republic with Haiti.

The girl is said to have died on Sunday, although details were not released until yesterday / Tuesday.

The young girl, described in local reports as originating from the island of Haiti (pictured), was given the animal's blood by a Haitian medicine man

The young girl, described in local reports as originating from the island of Haiti (pictured), was given the animal's blood by a Haitian medicine man

The young girl, described in local reports as originating from the island of Haiti (pictured), was given the animal’s blood by a Haitian medicine man

Local reports describe the child as Haitian, although it is unclear whether she lived in the poverty-stricken former French colony or in the Dominican Republic.

In August 2012, four children from the same family were found in Haiti after being treated by a doctor who claimed to be able to cure them from a mysterious illness.

An official named Wilfrid Brisson from the southern city of Marbial was quoted at the time, saying that the wizard and his brother repeatedly beat the children after convincing the victims’ mother that they were possessed by a demon and that they could take their souls from the devil liberate.

According to official statistics, Haiti suffered 33 Covid-19 deaths and 1,174 cases.

In the Dominican Republic, there are nearly 15,800 cases and 474 deaths.

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