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Canadian Media's Warning of Poison Cases in Vietnam - Two Tourists Died

Posted: Aug 08, 2012

While health officials and investigating agencies have not yet found the cause of the mysterious deaths of two female tourists-- a U.S. citizen and a citizen of Canada—the Canadian media is warning its citizens of poison cases in Vietnam.

Karin Joy Bowerman, 27, U.S. citizenship and Cathy Huynh, a Vietnamese-Canadian, 26, respectively, died on July 30 and August 2 at a hospital in Nha Trang. According to Tuoi Tre – or Youth Newspaper- Karin Joy Bowerman’s body was received by her family who came to Nha Trang from Illinois. She was cremated in Saigon and her ashes taken back to America.

Cathy Huynh’s body was also handed over to her family on the evening of August 7 as according to their wishes. Tuoi Tre said Cathy Huynh family does not agree to for an 'autopsy "and will take her body back to be buried on Canada.

Canada's National Post newspaper, in an article Monday August 6, quoted Huynh Thi Huong, the mother of Cathy Huynh, as saying: "I'm really angry because of the irresponsibility of the hospital staff. Cathy Huynh died because she did not receive proper medical care while in hospital for 12 hours before her death. "

Initially, the investigating authorities said Cathy Huynh died of "alcohol poisoning." But Huynh Thi Huong told the media that her daughter has no history of drinking.

However, the autopsy showed that deaths of both women were not related to alcohol poising. The cause remains a mystery.


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