Lawyers Issue Proceedings After Buckinghamshire Woman Fell Ill At Grand Sirenis Resort
Specialist lawyers have issued High Court proceedings following the death of a High Wycombe grandmother, who contracted Legionnaires’ disease during a holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Lynn Stigwood became ill with vomiting and diarrhoea during a 14-day stay at the Grand Sirenis resort in Punta Cana, in August 2019.
Lynn, a former administrator, began experiencing difficulty breathing and was admitted to a local hospital in the Dominican Republic, where she was placed into an induced coma. The mum-of-two and grandmother-of-six was airlifted to Florida for further treatment, but never recovered consciousness.
Lynn’s children Philip and Helen flew to Florida to say goodbye to her before her life support was switched off and she died on 29 September 2019, 6 days after her 70th birthday.
The family instructed specialist international serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate Lynn’s illness. The legal experts have now issued proceedings against TUI in the High Court.
Expert Opinion“This is a tragic case that has had a profound impact on Lynn’s husband, children and grandchildren. Instead of celebrating her 70th Birthday after Lynn arrived home from a dream holiday, Philip and Helen had to fly to the US to sit with Lynn as she slipped away, without regaining consciousness.
“We’ve seen so many examples of the terrible impact that Legionnaires’ disease can have. Lynn’s case again highlights just how serious the illness can be, not just for those diagnosed, but for their family.
“Lynn’s family continue to have questions regarding what happened and while they don’t want to be in this position, they feel they’ve no choice but to begin court proceedings to get the answers they need.
“As the third anniversary of Lynn’s death approaches, we call on TUI to help us resolve this case but in the meantime, we’re committed to supporting the family in whatever way we can.” Jatinder Paul - Senior Associate Solicitor
Lynn was on a long-anticipated family holiday at the Grand Sirenis resort, in the Dominican Republic when she became ill. With Lynn were husband Melvyn, 72, daughter Helen, son-in-law Martin and their children, Ben aged 16 and Alysia aged 14.
Melvyn, a coach driver, said: “The last three years without Lynn have put such a strain on me and the whole family. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Lynn and the fact of her death still hasn’t really sunk in.
“It was meant to be a special family holiday but now it’s like looking back on a nightmare you can’t forget. What started as vomiting and diarrhoea quickly became worse and Lynn became breathless, lethargic and struggled to walk and we knew she needed help.
“Instead of celebrating Lynn’s 70th birthday, I spent it by her bedside. It was frightening and too much to take in at the time.
“Lynn was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and I’m not sure I’ll ever get over losing her. The initial shock has been replaced by that numb feeling that I’ll never see her again. Coming to terms with this still seems impossible and while nothing can bring Lynn back, I’m more determined than ever to find out what exactly happened. It’s the least that Lynn deserves.”
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