Couple’s cruise ruined by a mystery illness

Barbara and Peter Sabin, from Rotherham, who are taking legal action after falling ill on a cruise
Barbara and Peter Sabin, from Rotherham, who are taking legal action after falling ill on a cruise
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A South Yorkshire woman’s Mediterranean cruise turned into a ‘nightmare’ after she became severely ill and was put on a drip.

Barbara Sabin continues to suffer from symptoms including diarrhoea and stomach cramps almost six months on from when she fell ill on the second day of a cruise with her husband Peter, 79.

The illness that ruined the 75-year-old’s stay on the ship was so severe that she had to be put on a drip and also needed regular check-ups from staff at the medical centre.

Barbara, from Rotherham, said: Our holiday was completely ruined and turned into a nightmare.”

Barbara developed serious gastric illness symptoms on the second day of the fortnight-long cruise in May on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ship. She self-prescribed Imodium but as the illness worsened she visited the ship’s medical centre.

She said: “I was initially told to continue with the Imodium but then another nurse undertook some tests and discovered my blood pressure was really low. They decided I was dehydrated so I was put on a drip and given Dioralyte.

“We’ve been on several cruises in the past but I have never suffered anything like this.

“I was in such a bad state. While I had regular checks by the medical centre staff, my condition didn’t get better so I was then put on antibiotics.”

Barbara needed a wheelchair to disembark from the ship and on her return home to Rotherham she was seen by her GP who advised she finish the antibiotics. However, she still has not recovered.

She said: “I can’t believe I’m still suffering all of these months on from the holiday. The past five months has been a nightmare and both Peter and I just wanted to know how this happened.”

The couple are now taking legal action.

Nichola Blackburn from Irwin Mitchell, the firm representing the couple, said: “We have now begun our investigations as we seek to gain a full understanding of the illness Barbara faced and to get answers regarding what caused the illness.”