Relatives of the New Supervisor of a New York woman who died suddenly on June 10 at a luxury resort in Punta Cana are disputed by the Dominican Republic Minister of Public Health's claim that she had several past heart attacks. Public Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas said at a press conference that Leyla Cox, a New York hospital MRI technician who died suddenly on June 10 in her room at the Excellence resort, had an enlarged heart, high blood pressure and that she had suffered "several past heart attacks. ”
On Wednesday, her supervisor where she worked at the Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island said that in the rough 10 years she knew Cox, who was 53, she had not had a heart attack or had any serious medical conditions.
"She was good health, she had medical tests here and all good," said Kathy Giovinazzo, the assistant vice president of clinical services at the hospital. rview with Fox News. "In all the years I knew here, I never knew here to have a heart attack."
Dominican authorities have told the family that he died of a heart attack, but the family has expressed skepticism, saying that she had been healthy and showed no signs of illness leading up to her trip to the island to celebrate her 53rd birthday. Prompted by doubts, her son, William Cox, successfully fought to get Dominican authorities to a vial of her blood to the U.S. for toxicological testing.
Cox's son accuses Dominican authorities of avoiding accountability. "In the 25 years I've been alive, my mother didn't have a heart attack," he said, adding that others in the said the Sanchez Cardenas characterization of Leyla Cox's health were untrue.
"They're lying," Cox said. "It's been like this from the beginning since she died. They give misinformation. They're trying to cover up."
The spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health told Fox News on Wednesday that Sanchez Cardenas was "stating facts that came Directly from forensic and pathological tests. "" Those tests tell you a cause of death and any past medical conditions, "said Carlos Suero, the spokesman. "Leyla Cox's death was one of a rash of deaths or of the United States. Tourists in the Dominican Republic have been made public by their loved ones. The relatives of most of the nine U.S. They've been given by Dominican authorities
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RESORT DEATHS MYSTERY: TIMELINE
Several are planning to conduct their own tests in the United States. Since Dominican authorities have almost all the deaths been found because of natural causes, they have declined to conduct toxicological tests, leading to complaints from the relatives
"Once a death is declared to be from natural causes, they have a different process, "Cox said. "They can just declare any death to be of natural causes because then they are not well accountable." On Tuesday afternoon, the Dominican attorney general approved Will Cox's request that a blood sample from his mother be sent to the U.S. for toxicological tests. The hospital where she worked was to conduct tests at no charge to her family.
Cox had wanted toxicological tests to be done in the Dominican Republic but was told that the machines were not working.
NEW JERSEY MAN, 55, IS LATEST CASE OF TOURIST'S DEATH IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
information from the resort and Dominican authorities about the details of his mother's death. He said that while in U.S. embassy staff member was in touch with him every day, and was helpful in some instances, in others he had incomplete or erroneous information.