Another American tourist, Donette Edge Cannon, has died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
In the past few months, it has been confirmed that over one dozen American citizens who traveled to the Caribbean island died under mysterious circumstances.
According to several family members of Cannon, the woman traveled to Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana in 2018 to celebrate her brother-in-law’s birthday and was never able to come back home in New York.
Cannon’s sister, Candace Edge Johnson, who was on the trip with her, revealed that their vacation started smoothly, but about four days in, they all started having stomach pain and were often rushing to the toilette.
Johnson revealed: “For us, throughout the trip, we kept using the bathroom. We went to a restaurant in the same condition, anytime we ate we were using the bathroom.”
According to the group of travelers on the final night of the trip, they had dinner and went dancing and eventually went to bed.
However, at some point in the night, Cannon, a mother of four from Queens, fell very ill and complained of stomach ache, was vomiting and having diarrhea.
In the morning, a doctor was finally called to check on the sick woman who had diabetes and was receiving dialysis treatment.
Even though family shared Cannon’s diagnosis with the paramedics, she was rushed to a nearby hospital that did not have a dialysis machine to handle her kidney issues.
According to Johnson, health experts at the hospital confirmed that she was having kidney failure and stated they could not help her without a dialysis machine and made no effort to bring her to another medical center.
Johnson confessed: “They basically let her die on the table.”
Johnson told the New York Post that doctors concluded that Cannon died of renal failure, but failed to reveal what made her sick in the first place.
Johnson said that she would never go back to the Dominican Republic, and after reading the many recent reports of fatalities on the island, she would tell others to stay away.
People on social media are not yet convinced that the Dominican Republic is a dangerous place for tourists.
One scared tourist shared this on social media: “At this point, it is everyone’s fault who keep buying flights to go there. WHY RISK YOUR OWN LIFE. Don’t go until they find out what’s wrong. 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️”
This American/Dominican said he is going back home for the summer despite the scary reports emerging from the island: “I’m Dominican and plan on going back in October! Just NOT staying at any all-inclusive: buying all my liquor from the stores and the only water I’m drinking is bottled. 15 or so Americans have died in the entire country this year, but over 200 have been KILLED in Chicago so far, so…”
A nuanced voice added: “I think it’s important to note that some of these deaths are being reported a year or 2 later than when it initially happened with others recently passing away in the country. More people are stepping forward about family members passing away in recent years. So it’s nothing new. But hopefully, those families can get answers and some closure. I did, however, just come back from there. Had a ball.”
The island’s minister of tourism says it is safe to visit.