Couple win £11,000 holiday sickness
23 June 2009
By Jenny Simpson
couple have won £11,000 compensation after their dream Caribbean holiday left
one of them in hospital.
Cliff, 24, and girlfriend Rebecca Robson, 23, booked a £1,300 all-inclusive
fortnight in the Dominican Republic to celebrate Rebecca's birthday and the
end of her university exams.
But the couple's first break abroad together was ruined when they contracted
gastroenteritis while staying in an apartment at the Bahia Principe hotel in
Electrician Steven, of Cabus, near Garstang, was taken by ambulance to
hospital with severe stomach pains. He was one of hundreds of holidaymakers
to fall ill after staying at the hotel two years ago.
Steven said: "Towards the end of the first week, I started suffering
from stomachache. By the start of the second week, I couldn't leave the hotel
room, I was in so much pain.
"I went to see the doctor on site and he called an ambulance to take us
to hospital. They said if I didn't improve, I wouldn't be able to go home but
I discharged myself after two days because I just wanted to get out of
The couple are among more than 500 holidaymakers to have now won a share of
£2.5m compensation from tour operators.
The hotel was also linked to outbreaks of shigella, a bowel infection linked
to dirty water, E-coli and salmonella.
Steven said: "We had no option but to eat in the hotel; it was in the
middle of nowhere.
"There was that many people ill, suffering from dehydration, that the
complex ran out of bottled water. It's a shame, the first few days there had
Clive Garner, head of travel litigation at law firm Irwin Mitchell which won
Steven compensation, said: "This was an astonishing outbreak at a hotel
which should have offered its guests a dream holiday in the Caribbean.
"There was a flagrant disregard for their customers' health and