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Girl, 2, dies from E.Coli Complications after Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa holiday

A 2-year-old British girl has died after suffering complications from an E.Coli infection her family say she caught at the Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa near Antalya, Turkey.

Toddler Allie Birchall, from Wigan, suffered gastric illness along with the rest of her family during their all-inclusive Jet2 holiday at the Turkish hotel.

Allie’s condition deteriorated to the point that she had to be rushed to hospital on returning to the UK.  She developed Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), a complication associated with E.Coli and her devastated parents took the decision to switch off her life support on August 3rd, just three weeks before her third birthday.

Why is E.Coli dangerous?

Some strains of E.Coli produce ‘Shiga toxins’ that can cause severe illness, especially in young children and vulnerable adults.  People often become infected by eating raw or undercooked meats but the bacteria can also be spread via other contaminated foods, such as vegetables and salads, water or unpasteurised milk.

HUS is a potentially fatal condition that affects around 10% of those infected with shiga-producing E.Coli.  It attacks the circulatory system, destroying blood platelets and can cause irreversible damage to internal organs.

Allie’s mother Katie Dawson described conditions at the hotel as “disgusting” and told the Daily Mirror:

“Food was sometimes left uncovered and occasionally served lukewarm, and there were birds occasionally flying around the food.

“We saw faeces in the swimming pool and I spoke to other holidaymakers who saw the faeces in the pool on more than one occasion, and staff just scooped it out without closing the pool or giving it a thorough clean.”

The family have now taken legal action and a spokesman for Jet2 said:

“We are very sorry to hear about these tragic circumstances, and we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Ms. Dawson and her family at this very difficult time. As lawyers have been instructed, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment.”

If you have suffered illness during your stay at the Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa and need legal advice, call Holiday Claims Bureau on 0161 813 2131 or contact us online.

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Girl, 2, dies from E.Coli Complications after Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa holiday
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