12th August 2009
Ill honeymooner handed large payout
man from Doncaster who caught a potentially fatal illness while on honeymoon
has been awarded nearly £300,000 compensation from a holiday company.
Hurley, 50, launched a claim against First Choice after contracting a form of
dysentery called shigella when he ate undercooked food at an all-inclusive
hotel in Venezuela in August 2004.
Mr Hurley was in hospital for five days when he returned to the UK and is
still ill from the holiday five years later.
First Choice has paid him £286,500 after it admitted liability for his
Mr Hurley and his wife Jayne booked a package holiday to the Costa Caribe
Hotel for their honeymoon.
Mr Hurley became ill after eating food at the resort but was unable to get
medical treatment abroad.
He was immediately admitted to Doncaster Royal Infirmary when he returned to
the UK and had to be treated with intravenous drugs and antibiotics. He now
has irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress and chronic fatigue
Mr Hurley said: "The impact that this hellish holiday has had on our
lives has been devastating. I now struggle to walk long distances and find
myself getting tired easily. I am still suffering from symptoms to this day
and will do for the rest of my life, which has been very difficult to come to
"I also had to reduce the number of hours I could go to work and, to
this day, I have not returned to my pre-holiday working pattern. This has
impacted on my relationship with my wife as, instead of me being the main breadwinner,
she is. She now has to look after me, rather than the other way around.
Shigella, also known as bacillary dysentery, is often acquired by drinking
water contaminated with human faeces or by eating food washed with