British mum stuck on Mexico holiday after becoming 'mentally ill'

British mum stuck on Mexico holiday after doctors says she's 'mentally ill'Manchester Evening News


A British mum is being held on a Mexican holiday after doctors declared her 'mentally ill'.

Denise Moore, 41, became unwell two days before she was due to fly home from a two-week holiday in Cancun, Mexico, which she had been enjoying with two of her children, her best friend Isobel Hope, and two of her children.

Denise, from Wythenshawe, reportedly started acting out of character, becoming incoherent and behaving strangely, with symptoms of an infection or severe dehydration, according to the Manchester Evening News.

She went to the local hospital, and was transferred to a nearby unit when she started shouting and became distressed.

Her family claim she was physically restrained and doctors she was suffering from an "acute psychotic episode", although she had never experienced mental illness.

Denise's husband, Brendan, who had stayed at home with their two eldest children, now desperately wants her home.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "Denise started behaving oddly – like she was on drugs, but she has never taken anything in her life.

"Her friend called me and I had a look online and thought she might have bad dehydration so suggested she went to hospital.

"When she arrived, she started shouting and screaming, which was out of character as she is normally very reserved. They transferred her to a private hospital and within minutes was told she was having an acute psychotic episode. They strapped her hands and feet to a bed and she was drug-induced. She has been like that ever since – for four days – and basically she is being treated like a prisoner."

Denise is stuck in Mexico until her health insurance payment is made and doctors decide the best course of treatment.

Doctors have said she is too sick to fly home on a commercial plane, but an air ambulance would cost around £15,000.

Brendan added: "I don't agree with the diagnosis – they did not even do blood tests to see if it was something else. I just want her back home, that's all I care about. We've been together since Denise was 19 – we have four kids and she's an amazing woman. She has never had anything like this before – it's unbelievable and so heartbreaking."

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