A young girl from Argentina fell into a coma while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, with doctors pointing to life-threatening diabetes – although her family claims she has no history of diabetes.
Candela Saccone, 15, was due to return from Punta Cana on June 19 after traveling there earlier in the week, but was reportedly ill that morning.
Her mother, Natalia Knetch, told CNN's Spanish-language news channel that she had precipitated the teenage – showing symptoms of dizziness, dehydration and vomiting – to a local medical center where doctors diagnosed diabetic cetoacidosis.
The condition is described by the Mayo Clinic online as "a serious complication of diabetes that occurs in your body producing a high level of blood acids called ketones. "Usually it develops," if your body can not produce enough insulin, "says the clinic.
Candela was reportedly transported from Pun Ta Cana was taken to the Santo Domingo's Plaza de la Salud General Hospital ̵
The Argentine Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday the details of Candela's situation with the network. Her mother said Candela had suddenly fallen ill the night before she left. She reportedly lost her appetite and suffered from extreme throat discomfort – to the point where she could no longer swallow, her mother said.
The Dominican health minister visited Candela's family on Monday and told CNN they were in control of a high-quality hospital.
The teenager's hospitalization could not have come at a worse time for the DR, as there has recently been a disturbing trend in deaths and illness among tourists. Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas insists that the cases have nothing to do with each other.
"What do we have here? Tourists arriving in pre-existing conditions and dying in this country, as in all other countries, "Cárdenas told CBS News on Monday through a translator.
The FBI checks if any of the reported deaths are related to it. The staff have performed toxicological tests on resort minibars to determine if it may be the fault of the polluted alcohol. They have been honed in at least three occasions, during which all tourists of the popular Bahia Principe hotel chain died.
So far, at least 11 people have died during the holidays in the DR last year. Dozens more have fallen ill.