Boston Newlyweds Recall Disastrous Wedding Where They Fell Violently Sick at Dominican Republic Resort and Had to End Their Honeymoon Early as FBI Investigates Deaths of Seven American Tourists in the Past Year

Claudia Massaranduba and Kevin Gentile

A bride spent the morning of her wedding day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana plying her sickly groom with Gatorade and Imodium after he fell ill at the Dominican Republic resort.

Claudia Massaranduba told The Post that both she and her fiance, Kevin Gentile, were among the swarm of tourists who have suffered vomiting and diarrhea on the Caribbean island — and the couple even had to cut their honeymoon short.

“It was scary,” the Boston-area resident told The Post. “He had a fever, chills and we were more concerned about getting fluids into him than the wedding.”

The Hard Rock in Punta Cana has been scrambling to calm jittery tourists after a rash of illnesses have took place at the resort. Spokespeople at the property — where two tourists have died and hundreds of others have become ill — have insisted to guests that the number of sick people at the hotel has not “hit epidemic levels.”

Massaranduba said her bridesmaid and her 10-year-old nephew were sent to the resort’s clinic and charged hundreds of dollars for the visit in which the doctor did nothing but refer them to the local hospital.

“The doctor was very concerned about how she was going to be paid,” she vented.

“I asked her if she was going to do anything for my husband besides look at him and tell him to go to the hospital?”

Massaranduba added that she’d had no idea at the time that dozens of other guests were getting sick at the hotel that same week.

“People at the hotel were not surprised at all by our experience, which I thought was strange,” she said. “That’s why when I went to the doctor it seemed like a business.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lisa Fickenscher