But shortly afterwards doctors found she was brain-dead and the decision was made to turn off her life support.
It comes after Abbey Conner, from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, died when she blacked out in a hotel pool after taking a shot of what her family say was tainted alcohol. The two had arrived with their mother and stepfather at the resort just hours earlier and had been drinking at a swim-up bar. A woman from Neenah reported being sexually assaulted, while her husband woke with a broken hand.
Numerous travelers, including the Daleys, reported that local hospitals demanded large sums of cash after such incidents, in some cases seeking the money before treatment. Drinking these bootlegged concoctions can cause illness, and because they're much stronger than regulated alcohol found in the United States, they're also more likely to cause blackouts and alcohol poisoning.
The statement added, "Following these reports and in consultation with our posts in Mexico, we updated our country-specific information for Mexico to provide updated safety information regarding potentially tainted alcohol". Over the past seven years, more than 1.4 million gallons of bootleg liquor has been seized from hotels and bars, some of which was infused with grain alcohol or methanol, both of which can be risky.
The bootleg liquor could be infused with grain alcohol or risky concentrations of methanol, cheaper alternatives to producing ethanol, government reports warn.
The attorney representing the family told the Journal Sentinel he went to the resort and watched the bar where Conner's injury happened. "We work with food and beverage providers whose products comply with the highest quality standards to guarantee the satisfaction and safety of all of our guests. we only purchase sealed bottles that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities".
"They said I couldn't get out of the pool and I wasn't even able to stand up in the pool", Kathy Daley told the Sentinel. "In cases of USA citizens injured overseas, the Department of State works to provide all appropriate consular assistance".
"The Embassy stands ready to provide appropriate consular services to any US citizens in need".