Girl Hospitalised With Salmonella Poisoning Following Egyptian Holiday

Lawyers Instructed To Investigate Concerns Regarding Special Honeymoon Break


A couple who were left horrified when their 11 year old daughter needed four days of hospital treatment after suffering from Salmonella food poisoning following their honeymoon at an Egyptian holiday resort, have instructed specialist lawyers to investigate the ‘nightmare’ they endured.

Both Michelle Muzquiz and James Monk, from Bolton, also fell ill with gastric illness days into their week-long honeymoon holiday at the Coral Sea Waterworld in October and November 2013.

Their problems, however, became worse when shortly after returning to the UK their daughter Jasmin was rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pain. Following a range of tests, Jasmin, who was just nine years old at the time, was diagnosed with Salmonella - a serious bacterial infection that can have long terms effects upon health.

Now, the couple have instructed specialist international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help understand what caused their illnesses and to seek financial compensation for what they have been through. Irwin Mitchell's specialist International Personal Injury team already represent 12 other people affected by similar problems linked to the same resort following stays in 2012.

Expert Opinion
"This is a terrible case in which a special family holiday and a time of celebration was completely ruined by illness. Jasmin was left so severely ill that she required emergency hospital treatments.

"This type of incident puts a clear spotlight on the serious consequences that holiday illness can have, particularly on children such as Jasmin, and we have now commenced our own investigations into what caused the illnesses that Jasmin, her family and our other clients endured.

"We are determined to not only help them get the financial redress they deserve, but also ensure that, wherever possible, lessons are be learned which may help reduce the risks that other holidaymakers could face in the future.

"As part of our investigations we ask anyone who has stayed at the Coral Sea Waterworld and who may be able to help provide information about the conditions there to get in contact with us as they may be able to help us with Jasmin’s case and the cases of the other guests who we represent."
Jatinder Paul, Associate

Michelle Muzquiz, 33, and James Monk, 29, both suffered gastric illness symptoms including diarrhoea during their stay at the Coral Sea Waterworld with Jasmin, now 11.

Michelle, a legal costs draftsman in Bolton, recalls: “We were both feeling very rough and it was massively disappointing considering this was supposed to be a special holiday. We arranged childcare for Jasmin whilst James and I went on our honeymoon but it fell through last minute. This meant that we had to take Jasmin with us. When James and I fell ill, we hoped that Jasmin had avoided the illness completely, so we were devastated when she started to show symptoms when we came home.”

After they sought emergency medical advice, Jasmin was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital and stayed there for four days of treatment and tests. It was later confirmed that she was suffering from Salmonella.

Michelle added: “It is any parent’s worst nightmare to see their child in hospital – we just felt so helpless and frustrated that her illness was so severe.

“We hoped that this holiday would be a special time that we could look back on fondly, but instead we’ll look back on it for all the wrong reasons. We simply want to know how our daughter came to develop salmonella and hope others don’t have to go through what she has.”