A Denver father-of-two has died in mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic, becoming the 13th American tourist to die on the island in a year.
Khalid Adkins, 46, who had been vacationing with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the U.S. on Sunday but suffered kidney failure before takeoff and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he died on Wednesday.
The death is another devastating blow for the country’s crumbing 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 without charge.
Tragedy: Khalid Adkins, who had been vacationing with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the U.S. on Sunday but suffered kidney failure before takeoff and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he died on Wednesday
Adkins’ daughter (pictured) had already returned to Denver when her father fell ill, and family members say they struggled to communicate with the staff at the hospital, meaning they were unaware of the grave prognosis on Tuesday evening
Adkins is pictured above with his other daughter. The Gofundme page reads: ‘We just want to get his body home to hopefully get some answers and help these two young adults at age 20 and 24 and have lived with only their dad since age7 and now he is gone’
Citing ‘recent events in Punta Cana’, a post to the company’s advisories page confirmed that all flights to, from, and through Punta Cana International Airport will be covered by the waiver.
Adkins was hospitalized in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, and his family has now set up a GoFundMe account to help cover costly funeral expenses.
The page organizer wrote: ‘I am absolutely devastated to make this update but we have lost Khalid!!! We found out this morning that he passed away last night!! I am at a loss for words we have no explanation of what happened all they will say is he get sick!! We need to get his body home anything helps please!! We really want to know what happened!’
His sister-in-law, Marla Strick spoke to KDVR on Tuesday, before Adkins death. ‘They transferred him to Santo Domingo and [said] that his breathing is really bad and that his kidneys were failing,’ she said.
Adkins’ daughter had already returned to Denver when her father fell ill, and family members say they struggled to communicate with the staff at the hospital, meaning they were unaware of the grave prognosis on Tuesday evening.
‘He said his leg started to swell and that’s why he couldn’t get up. And he started sweating and vomiting. He is just yelling and in pain, so he couldn’t talk to me,’ Strick said Tuesday.
Adkins was hospitalized in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, and his family has now set up a GoFundMe account to help cover costly funeral expenses
A teenager from Argentina has fallen into a coma while on holiday in the Dominican Republic, the latest in a string of mysterious illnesses to befall tourists in the country
Doctors are pointing to a life-threatening diabetic condition despite the fact that her family says she has no history of diabetes and leads a normal, healthy life. Candela Saccone, 15, was due to return from Punta Cana on June 19 but reportedly got sick the morning of travel. She then displayed symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and dehydration, her mother said
The tragic death comes a day after a 15-year-old girl from Argentina slipped 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 leads a normal, healthy life.
Doctors diagnosed Saccone with diabetic cetoacidosis, a ‘serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.’
It normally develops ‘when your body can’t produce enough insulin,’ experts say.
Candela was then reportedly transported from Punta Cana to the General Hospital of the Plaza de la Salud in Santo Domingo.
Argentine authorities said that the initial medical center ‘did not have sufficient equipment to treat her,’ the New York Post reported.
Amid a spate of unexplained illnesses on the island, 13 Americans have now lost their lives while visiting 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, of Glen Cove, died on June 17 from respiratory and heart failure.
Jerry Curran, 78, passed away on Jan. 26, three days after arriving in the country with his wife Janet while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were set to head home, the day they were discovered dead at the Bahía Príncipe hotel in the Playa Nueva Romana resort.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, did have a history of heart conditions, her husband Daniel Frank Werner said, according to a statement from the Grand Bahía Príncipe hotel.
Maryland couple Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63 (both pictured left), had been staying in the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel when they were found dead in their room by hotel staff on May 30. Jerry Curran (pictured right), 78, a former officer, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana
William Cox, the son of Leyla Cox, shared his frustration with the lack of information he has gotten on his mother’s death and asserted that she did not die from a heart attack
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, died four days after arriving to the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana on May 14
John Corcoran, a retired New Jersey businessman and brother of ABC-TV ‘Shark Tank’ judge Barbara Corcoran, was found dead in April in a Dominican Republic hotel room.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, visited the embattled tourist destination on a family trip last year to Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana to celebrate her brother-in-law’s birthday.
Canadian woman who ‘fell gravely ill on Dominican Republic trip says doctor flagged possible poisoning’
A Canadian woman who stayed at a Bahia Principe resort in the Dominican Republic in 2016 says she fell gravely ill after being exposed to a strong chemical odor in her room.
Tina Hammell says she has battled multiple health problems ever since.
She claims a chemical odour in her bedroom woke her and her husband from their sleep, and she quickly began to feel extremely sick.
‘It was so strong that I was burning and coughing, and it was very upsetting,’ she told CNN, adding that she was moved to another room, which made no difference.
‘I remember my muscles, my hands all turned in and my legs came up, I just was spasming and I lost consciousness,’ Hammell said.
Eventually she was taken to a medical center where she began to convulse.
She was revived by a medic using a defibrillator and transferred to a hospital, where lesions were discovered on her lungs, she said.
Leyla Cox, of New Brighton, died on June 10, just one day after celebrating her 53rd birthday, her distraught son said, adding she would still be alive if she didn’t go to the popular island.
Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at Terra Linda in Sosua on the morning of June 13.
Susan Simoneaux, 59, of Louisiana, died on June 18 in New Orleans after being rushed to the hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her Dominican Republic honeymoon.
Older deaths have also been raised as suspicious by their families.
Chris Palmer, a 41-year-old Army veteran, 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.
Dominican authorities said that Palmer had a pulmonary edema and died as a result of a heart attack, which was listed 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 passed away in June 2018. The 51-year-old, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar at at a Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana. Her family said 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, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at at a Bahia Principe hotel 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 in sweat. He died that same day. He visited the doctor before the trip who’d given him a clean bill of health.
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 was found vomiting before becoming unresponsive and died after surgery.
April 10, 2019 : Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his in-room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in hospital on April 14.
April 19, 2019 John Corcoran, 70, died of natural causes. Family members have said he had a pre-existing heart condition, and officials did not release further details.
May 14, 2019: The family of Donette Edge Cannon, 38, revealed that she died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of consuming a drink from a resort minibar across the island at Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check into the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, of Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he is suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, is 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, of Glen Cove, New York, died shortly after he reportedly drank something and became critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana woman Susan Simoneaux, 59, in New Orleans after being rushed to hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her Dominican Republic honeymoon.
June 26, 2019: Khalid Adkins, who had been vacationing with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the U.S. on Sunday but suffered kidney failure before takeoff and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he died passed away.