A DAD of two has become the 12th American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic this year.
Khalid Adkins, 46, had been holidaying with his daughters but died from kidney failure after being removed from his flight home in agony.
His death follows a spate of unusual and tragic deaths on the island, prompting the FBI to launch a poisoning probe amid fears victims drank booze contaminated with methanol or insecticide.
The Caribbean island has seen a 74 per cent drop in tourism following news of the mysterious deaths and a number of other tourists who fell ill but survived.
‘SCREAMING IN AGONY’
Khalid was hospitalised in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, after falling ill as he boarded his flight home to Denver.
He was reportedly removed from the plane “screaming in agony”.
Speaking to KDVR, Khalid’s sister in law said “they transferred him to Santo Domingo and [said] that his breathing is really bad and that his kidneys were failing.”
This comes after Khalid had been complaining of a swollen leg and had reportedly experienced vomiting and diarrhoea.
The following evening, it was posted on a GoFundMe page organised to help with the Adkin’s family’s costs that Khalid had died.
“I am absolutely devastated to make this update but we have lost Khalid!!!” Reads the post.
“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 two daughters, 20 and 24 said that themselves and other family members struggled to communicate with hospital staff and were unaware that their father’s kidneys were failing.
One of Khalid’s daughters had already returned to Denver at the time of his death.
As well as the recent string of deaths, a 15-year old Argentinian girl is currently in a coma after a visit to the Dominican, doctors say that it is due to a diabetic condition but her family say she has no history of the condition.
With the illnesses and deaths largely unexplained, the FBI have launched an investigation into the possibility of a string of poisonings, although the island’s tourism ministers deny all.
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Following the death of several tourists in 2018, and another this year the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana have removed liquor dispensers from minibars in their hotel.
The American Delta Airlines recently announced that it would allow passengers to re-book or cancel their flights to the Dominican Republic for free.
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