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UPDATE: Teen regains consciousness after falling into coma during Dominican Republic vacation

Officials in the Dominican Republic provided some positive news in the recovery of a teen who had been listed in critical condition after a medical emergency left her unconscious on the last day of a recent vacation.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 15-year-old Candela Saccone’s mother, Natalia Knetch, said the Argentinian teen initially complained of a sore throat that progressed to vomiting, dizziness and a host of other issues doctors initially attributed to complications from diabetes. Her family reported that she had no prior history of the disease.

The news came amid a string of headline-grabbing serious illnesses and deaths impacting travelers to the Caribbean destination in recent years.

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According to the New York Post, loved ones are now celebrating the fact that Saccone has regained consciousness and has been removed from the ventilator that had been keeping her alive.

Monica Zanollo, her grandmother, said she her personality was evidence from the moment she woke up from the coma.

“When they told us that she said a few words and got annoyed when they spoke to her, I said, ‘That’s my granddaughter!'” she said.

In addition to expressing joy about her granddaughter’s improvement, Zanollo also offered gratitude toward the hospital staff.

“This breakthrough means that the doctors are doing things well and the progress is very important for us,” she said. “The truth is that the hospital staff has taken excellent care of the family, both at a medical level and at a human level.”

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[Featured image: Candela Saccone, Facebook]