Relatives and the former boss of a New Yorker who suddenly died on June 10 in a luxury resort in Punta Cana deny the Dominican Republic's Minister of Health's claim that she has had multiple heart attacks in the past.
Monday Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas told a press conference that Leyla Cox, an MRI technician at the New York Hospital, who suddenly died in her room at the Excellence Resort on June 10, had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure and "several" had suffered past heart attacks. However, on Wednesday, her supervisor, working at Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, reported that she did not have or did not have a heart attack in the approximately ten years she knew Cox, who was 53 years old serious illnesses.
"She seemed to be in good health, she had medical tests here and they all were good," said Kathy Giovinazzo, deputy vice president of hospital clinical services, in an interview with Fox News. "In all the years I knew her, I never knew she had a heart attack."
The Dominican authorities have told the family that Cox died of a heart attack, but the family expressed skepticism and said that she had been healthy and had shown no signs of illness leading to her trip to the island, to celebrate her 53rd birthday. Because of doubts, her son William Cox successfully fought to get the Dominican authorities to send a vial of her blood to the United States for toxicological testing.
Cox's son accuses the Dominican authorities of having lied in order to escape responsibility.
I live 25 years, my mother did not have a heart attack, "he said, adding that other members of the family said that the Sanchez Cardenas characterization of Leyla Cox was wrong.
"They lie," Cox said. "It's been like that since she died, they're passing on misinformation, trying to cover up."
The Ministry of Health spokesman told Fox News Wednesday that Sanchez Cardenas "found facts that came directly from forensic and pathological investigations."
"These investigations provide information about a person's cause of death and previous illnesses", said Carlos Suero, the spokesman. "People come to the Dominican Republic with medical problems, and if they die here, they want to blame the Dominican Republic."
The death of Leyla Cox was one of the deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic since last year published by her loved ones. Relatives of most of the nine US tourists, whose death occurred in seemingly similar circumstances, have expressed doubts about what the Dominican authorities said.
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Several are planning to conduct their own tests in the United States. Since the Dominican authorities reported almost all deaths due to natural causes, they refused to conduct toxicological tests, leading to complaints from relatives.
Another process, "said Cox," They can only declare death as natural causes because they will not be held accountable. "
On Tuesday afternoon, Dominican Attorney General Will Cox's request to have a blood sample of his mother in the The hospital she worked in agreed to carry out the tests for her family free of charge.
Cox had wanted to carry out toxicological tests in the Dominican Republic, but was told that the machines He tries to send their ashes to the US
NEW JERSEY MAN, 55, IS THE LATEST CASE OF TOURISTENTOD IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Information from the resort and the Dominican authorities about the details His mother's death, he said, while a member of the US embassy was in contact with him every day and in some cases it was helpful in other cases giving incomplete or erroneous information.
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Cox spoke in the "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday by a US embassy official who told him about taking blood and urine samples for a separate toxicological report in the US. He said he initially received an incomplete police report while the resort's first statement about his mother's death was wrong.
"I felt like I had been hit against the wall and had no choice and they almost forced me to cremate the body within 24 hours," Cox said, expressing his concern that he had no clear answer to the question I'll get his mother's death.