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Jaz Bluemarine Resort – toddler suffers kidney failure after e.coli infection

A 20-month-old toddler was left fighting for his life after becoming infected with E.Coli while on holiday with his family at the 5-star Jaz Bluemarine resort in Hurghada, Egypt.  It’s claimed that he became unwell after eating food from the buffet restaurant.

Richard Holt and Lara Wilcocks’ son Cillian has been in hospital for 21 days after becoming the fifth family member to become unwell with sickness and diarrhoea.

Cillian developed a rare kidney condition called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (STEC-HUS) as a result of the E.Coli after the holiday in June, and may now face a kidney transplant.

He suffered two seizures before undergoing a four-hour operation, three blood transfusions and two platelet transfusions.

Mr Holt told the Daily Mail:  “I think TUI are a disgrace. Cillian’s blood sample came back positive – proving that this has been caused by E Coli.

“God forbid he could have got that earlier, we could have been left with staying in an Egyptian hospital. The outcome could have been our baby in a box.”

If you or a family member has been infected with E.Coli on holiday, contact the Holiday Claims Bureau, contact us0161 813 2131 or  get in touch online.

Case is latest of several in Hurghada

Public Health England recently issued travel advice for holidaymakers visiting Egypt after a number of tourists returned from Hurghada with E.Coli infections.

TUI say that they are “putting relevant procedures in place.”

TripAdvisor reviewers their stays at the 5-star complex in June and July 2019 raise concerns about food hygiene, with some saying that illness adversely affected their holidays.

The user Joey1995, who stayed at the Jaz Bluemarine in June this year, says that he suffered a “dreadful” gastric illness that he believes is linked to food preparation problems in the all-inclusive restaurant:

“Food hygiene needs addressing…lukewarm food , then pouring newly cooked food into existing warmers, mixing old warm food together…asking for trouble. Is it a wonder why so many people had to visit the Doctor?”

Joey goes on to describe how he spent the last two days of his holiday on intravenous antibiotics and suffering stomach cramps and diarrhoea for a further 5 days after returning to the UK.

“We have visited Egypt for last 20 years and never have I felt so rotten as I did the last couple of days of this trip.”

Food “clearly not warm enough”

Fellow TripAdvisor contributor ‘charlywyness’ states that “food was disgusting” during her June holiday and that she and her boyfriend began to suffer sickness and diarrhoea early in their stay, with symptoms continuing on returning to the UK.   Another reviewer posting feedback on a June break is WP, who claims she and her husband suffered a similar experience:

“My husband and I both fell ill 2 days into our stay. Both with fever sickness and diarrhoea. We are both cautious eaters and not ones to over indulge on holiday. We tried to steer clear of meats as well. However we still fell very sick. The food is poor and clearly not warm enough, very easy for bacteria to breed. ”

Holiday Claims Bureau are monitoring developments at the Jaz Bluemarine and our team are ready to assist anyone who has had their hard-earned holiday spoiled by illness.  You can call us on 0161 813 2131 or get in touch online.

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