On Monday, June 10, at a luxury resort in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic's minister of public health claims that she had several past heart attacks [PublicHealthMinisterRafaelSanchezCardenassaidatapressconferencethatLeylaCoxaNewYorkhospitalMRItechnicianwhodiedsuddenlyonJune10inherroomattheExcellenceResorthadanenlargedhearthighbloodpressureandshesuffered"severalpastheartattacks"
But on Wednesday, her supervisor, where she worked at the Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, said that in about 10 years she knew Cox, who was 53, she had not had a heart attack or had any serious medical conditions
"She seemed to be in good health, she had medical tests here and all were good," said Kathy Giovinazzo, assistant vice president of clinical services at the hospital, in an inte rview with Fox News. "In all the years I knew her, I never knew her had a heart attack."
Dominican authorities have told the family that Cox has died of a heart attack, but the family has expressed skepticism, saying she had been healthy and had shown no signs of illness leading 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 send a vial of her blood to the U.S.
"In the 25 years I've been alive, my mother did not have a heart attack," he said, adding that others in the toxicology
Cox's son accuses the Dominican authorities of lying to avoid accountability. family said the Sanchez Cardenas characterization of Leyla Cox's health was untrue
"They're lying," Cox said. "
The spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health told Fox News on Wednesday that Sanchez Cardenas was" stating the facts that came directly from forensic and pathological tests. "
" These tests tell you the person's cause of death and any past medical conditions, "said Carlos Suero, the spokesman. "People come to the Dominican Republic with medical conditions and if they die here, they want to blame it on the Dominican Republic."
Leyla Cox's death was one of the rash of deaths of the United States. tourists in the Dominican Republic since last year that have been made public by their loved ones. The relatives of most of the nine U.S.
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Some are planning to conduct their own tests in the United States. Since the Dominican authorities have declared almost all the deaths that have occurred because of natural causes, they have declined to conduct toxicological tests, leading to complaints from the relatives.
"Once a death has been 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 they are not held accountable."
On Tuesday afternoon, Dominican attorney general approved Will Cox's request that a blood sample from his mother be sent to the U.S. for toxicological tests.
Cox wanted toxicological tests to be done in the Dominican Republic but was told that the machines were not working.
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Cox said he was not short of an ordeal to extract information from the resort and Dominican authorities about the details of his mother's death. He said that while a U.S. (1