A father-of-two from Denver died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic and became the 13th American tourist who died on the island in a year.
Khalid Adkins, who had been on vacation with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the US on Sunday, but suffered kidney failure before boarding and had to be rushed to a hospital where he died on Wednesday.
Death is another devastating blow to the country's crumbling reputation as a tourist paradise, after Delta Air Lines announced it would allow passengers to re-book or cancel their flights to the Dominican Republic free of charge.
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Tragedy: Khalid Adkins, who had been on vacation with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the US on Sunday, but suffered kidney failure before leaving, and had to be rushed to a hospital where he died on Wednesday
Adkins & daughter (photo) had already returned to Denver when her father fell ill, and family members said they had trouble communicating with hospital staff, meaning they were not aware of the serious prognosis on Tuesday evening
Referring to & # 39; recent events in Punta Cana & # 39 ;, a post on the company's advisory page, it was confirmed that all flights to, from and through Punta Cana International Airport are covered by the exemption.
Adkins was incorporated in the Dominican capital Santo Domingo and his family has now set up a GoFundMe account to cover costly funeral expenses.
His sister-in-law, Marla Strick, spoke KDVR on Tuesday, before the death of Adkins. & # 39; They transferred him to Santo Domingo and (said) that his breathing is really bad and his kidneys failed, & # 39; she said.
Adkins' daughter had already returned to Denver when her father fell ill, and family members said they had trouble communicating with the hospital staff, meaning they were not aware of the serious prognosis on Tuesday night.
& # 39; He said his leg started to swell and therefore he could not stand up. And he started sweating and vomiting. He screams and is in pain, so he couldn't talk to me, & Strick said Tuesday.
Adkins was incorporated in the Dominican capital Santo Domingo and his family has now set up a GoFundMe account to cover costly funeral costs
A teenager from Argentina went into a coma during a vacation in the Dominican Republic, the newest in a series of mysterious diseases that happen to tourists in the country
Doctors point to a life-threatening diabetic condition, despite the fact that her family says they have no diabetes and leads a normal, healthy life. Candela Saccone, 15, was supposed to return from Punta Cana on June 19, but reportedly fell ill on the morning of his trip. Then she showed symptoms of dizziness, vomiting, and dehydration, her mother said
The tragic death comes one day after a 15-year-old girl from Argentina fell into a coma on the island, with doctors pointing to a life-threatening diabetic condition despite the fact that her family says she has no history of diabetes and a normal, healthy life.
Doctors diagnosed Saccone with diabetic cetoacidosis, a & # 39; serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. & # 39;
It normally develops & # 39; when your body cannot produce enough insulin & # 39 ;, experts say.
Candela was then transported to Punta Cana to the general hospital of the Plaza de la Salud in Santo Domingo.
The Argentine authorities said that the first medical center & # 39; did not have sufficient equipment to treat it & # 39; New York Post reported.
Amid a wave of inexplicable diseases on the island, 13 Americans have now died during their visit to the Dominican Republic.
David Harrison died in July 2018 during a trip to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana with his wife, Dawn McCoy, and their 12-year-old son, David Jr.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California died of septic shock, pneumonia and multi-organ failure on April 12.
Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, died of respiratory and heart failure on June 17.
Jerry Curran, 78, died on January 26, three days after arriving in the country with his wife Janet during their stay at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, headed home the day they were found dead at the Bahía Principe hotel in the Playa Nueva Romana resort.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, had a history of heart disease, said her husband Daniel Frank Werner, according to a statement from the Grand Bahía Principe hotel.
The Maryland couple Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63 (both pictured left), stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel when they were found dead on May 30 by the hotel staff. Jerry Curran (photo right), 78, a former officer, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana
John Corcoran, a retired businessman from New Jersey and brother of the judge of ABC TV & Shark Tank & Barbara Corcoran, was found dead in a hotel room in the Dominican Republic in April.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, visited the occupied tourist destination to Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana last year on a family visit to celebrate her brother-in-law's birthday.
Leyla Cox, of New Brighton, died on June 10, just a day after she celebrated her 53rd birthday, her distraught son said, adding that if she didn't go to the popular island, she would live.
Joseph Allen, 55, from Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at Terra Linda in Sosua on the morning of June 13.
Susan Simoneaux, 59, from Louisiana, died in New Orleans on June 18 after being brought to the hospital with fluid in her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana on May 14
William Cox, the son of Leyla Cox, shared his frustration with the lack of information about his mother's death and claimed that she had not died of a heart attack
Older deaths have also been raised as suspected by their families.
Chris Palmer, a 41-year-old veteran from the army, and Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania, both died in the country.
Palmer was found dead in his room at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana on April 18, 2018.
The Dominican authorities said that Palmer had a lung edema and died as a result of a heart attack, which was mentioned as his official cause of death.
Maser-Mitchell suffered cardiac arrest after leaving the Excellence resort in Punta Cana and died on September 17, 2016.
Yvette Monique Sport died in June 2018. The 51-year-old, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar in a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Her family said that Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
TIMELINE: American tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic
September 17, 2016: Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania, suffered cardiac arrest after leaving the Excellence resort in Punta Cana.
April 18, 2018: Chris Palmer was found dead in his room at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana
June 2018: Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Family said Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
July 2018: David Harrison dies while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. He woke up struggling to breathe and covered with sweat. He died the same day. He visited the doctor for the trip that had given him a clean health certificate.
January 26, 2019: Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old former police officer from Ohio, died after enjoying a few nights at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. He broke before he stopped responding and died after surgery.
April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, fell ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his minibar in the room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in the hospital on April 14.
April 19, 2019 John Corcoran, 70, died of natural causes. Relatives have said he had a pre-existing heart condition, and officials have not released further details.
May 14, 2019: Donette Edge Cannon's family, 38, revealed that she died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of having a drink from the resort's mini-bar across the island at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check in at the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he's suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua. He was there to celebrate a friend's birthday.
June 17, 2019: Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, New York, died shortly after he reportedly drank something and became seriously ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana wife Susan Simoneaux, 59, in New Orleans after being rushed to the hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
June 26, 2019: Khalid Adkins, who had been on vacation with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the US on Sunday, but suffered kidney failure before boarding and had to be rushed to a hospital where he died.
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