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Holiday Illness in Turkey

Michael Farnell, 37 from Stoke on Trent is continuing to suffer with gastric symptoms following a family holiday.

Michael Farnell holidayed at the Pineta Club Hotel in Marmaris in Turkey.

On the third day of his holiday Michael Farnell fell ill suffering from severe diarrhoea and excruciating stomach cramps.

Michael Farnell continued to suffer from his illness throughout the holiday and sought medical attention at the Pineta Club Hotel. He was advised by the hotel doctor that he had contracted Gastroenteritis. Michael Farnell believes that his illness was the result of poor food preparation and a lack of proper hygiene standards at the Hotel.

Michael Farnell moved to the Kervansary Hotel where he continued to suffer from constant diarrhoea and extremely painful stomach cramps.

The holiday was ruined. Michael Farnell attended a boat trip excursion at the end of his holiday however was not able to enjoy the experience as he was conscious that he could not stray too far from a toilet.

The holiday should have been relaxing, giving Michael Farnell a much needed break from the stresses of his normal routine. However instead of being able to enjoy himself he was for the most part confined to the bathroom, suffering from illness which could have been so easily avoided had the hotel applied and carried out the necessary health and safety procedures to ensure their guest were safe.

Despite incurring extra expenses as a result of moving hotels and purchasing non prescription medication, Michael Farnell remained ill on his return to the UK.

Michael Farnell’s symptoms are continuing to date. He has advised that he continues to suffer with bouts of diarrhoea and is, “No where near to the level of health” that he had been used to prior to the holiday.

Presently, Thomas Cook has admitted liability subject to medical evidence.

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