A Denver dad was so sick he was booted off his return flight from the Dominican Republic, and has spent the past three days there in critical condition — vomiting, alone and screaming in pain in a hospital bed, his relatives said.
Khalid Adkins became so ill on the trip with his daughter that he wasn’t allowed to fly home Sunday — and has been forced to stay on the embattled Caribbean island, news station KDVR reported.
“He said ‘They pulled me off the plane and made me go to the hospital, ‘” his sister-in-law, Marla Strick, told the news station.
Strick said Adkins was “dripping sweat and went to the bathroom to throw up and that’s when they kicked him off the plane.”
His mystery illness comes as dozens of tourists have reported becoming sick on the embattled island, where at least 11 Americans have died in the last year.
Adkins was brought to a hospital in Santo Domingo, where doctors told the family he was in critical condition, according to the news station. His relatives said that they haven’t received an official diagnosis, but he’s experiencing kidney failure and having trouble breathing.
“His leg started to swell and that’s why he couldn’t get up. And he started sweating and vomiting,” Strick said. “He is just yelling and in pain, so he couldn’t talk to me.”
The hospital told the family they could try to get him dialysis on the island or he could take a $20,000 medevac flight home.
A GoFundMe page was launched to help try to raise funds to get him back to the US.
“We are trying anything to get him home!” the page said. “It is the most devastating thing ever!! They said we can medivac him home but it is 20,000 we are lost!! It’s a terrible nightmare!!”