One man died and two others in a serious condition after traveling to Turkey to undergo dental treatment.
The three had taken “medication related to the treatment” before being found unconscious in an apartment rented for their trip.
For the time being, it has not yet been proven that the ingestion of the drugs was the cause of the death and the deplorable conditions of the other two.
Richard Molloy, 33, was found dead while his two friends, Declan Carson and Aaron Callaghan, fell into a coma. The condition of the two men ha has improved.
The strange tragedy has raised many questions about Turkey as a destination for dental treatments. As a reminder, the country has a large medical tourism industry ranging from teeth whitening to organ transplants and heart surgery.
The deputy mayor of the three men’s hometown of Belfast, Paul McCusker has described the news in networks as “worrying and devastating”.
For his part, the councillor of Sinn Fein, JJ Magee, has assured that the community of Ardoyne, the district from which they came, is “in a state of shock”.
“One of the men passed away, while the other two are receiving treatment in the hospital. Our community will join the families at this difficult time,” can be read on one of the Twitter posts of Sinn Fein MP John Finucane.
“We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Turkey and we are in contact with the Turkish authorities”, explained a close source of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.