A Detroit man says he fell critically ill during a Dominican Republic vacation — after he decided against canceling his stay in the wake of recent tourist deaths on the island.
Alejandro “AJ” Jones wound up in intensive care after getting sick in the town of Puerto Plata, according to reports.
He said that despite accounts of numerous other tourists falling ill — and some dying — over the past year, he wasn’t concerned about making a trip to the Caribbean country, news station WDIV reported.
“I’m watching and I’m like that wasn’t in Puerto Plata — that was in Santiago, Santo Domingo,” Jones said.
But during his nine-day trip, Jones fell ill and the symptoms didn’t subside when he returned home, according to WDIV. Soon, he was unable to walk and “only saw a black darkness.”
“I would get up and just fall,” he said.
Jones was rushed last month to Harper Hospital in Detroit, where he spent four days in the intensive care unit.
Doctors were unable to determine the cause of the mystery illness, but attributed it to his trip.
“My doctors said something happened over there and it took its toll,” he said.
Jones has recovered from the mystery ailment — but he’s warning others not to head to the embattled country.
“Don’t go. It’s not your life. I was that close,” Jones said.
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