A 15-year-old girl fell into a coma while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, and her family is reportedly disputing a medical assessment made by doctors in the Caribbean country.
Citing CNN’s Spanish-speaking channel, the New York Post reports that Candela Saccone, 15, became seriously ill just as she was set to return home from her trip to Punta Cana on June 19.
Her mother Natalia Knetch reportedly said that Candela suddenly became ill the night before the family was planning to fly home, with a severe pain in her throat that prevented her from swallowing, and no appetite.
#NDI Candela Saccone, la adolescente de 15 años que sufrió un coma diabético el pasado miércoles mientras vacacionaba en República Dominicana donde permanece hospitalizada, sigue “en estado crítico y con pronóstico reservado”. pic.twitter.com/kh1pi9Xf1B
— Raúl Brindis (@raulbrindis) June 26, 2019
By the next morning, Candela was vomiting, dizzy, and dehydrated; so her mother reportedly took her to a local medical center where doctors said she was suffering from a complication of diabetes — though her family said Candela has no history of diabetes.
Argentine officials reportedly told CNN that the teen girl was transferred to the General Hospital of the Plaza de la Salud in Santo Domingo as the first facility “did not have sufficient equipment to treat her.”
It is not known if Candela slipped into a coma before or after her transfer to the Santo Domingo hospital.
As of Tuesday, the teen was unconscious in critical but stable condition, and CNN reports that her condition seemed to be improving.
Her illness follows a spate of at least 10 sudden deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic in the last year. The FBI is reportedly facilitating toxicology tests for three tourists who died at Bahia Principe resorts in the same week in May.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.