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TEENAGER WHO CONTRACTED A POTENTIALLY FATAL STRAIN

By on January 11, 2017

TEENAGER WHO CONTRACTED A POTENTIALLY FATAL STRAIN OF E-COLI DURING A FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY TO TURKEY IS AWARDED A SIX-FIGURE PAYOUT

A teenager who contracted a potentially fatal strain of E-Coli during a First Choice holiday in Turkey has been awarded a bumper six-figure payout.

Bradie Perkins was 13-years-old when he travelled to the notorious ‘super-sized’ beachfront complex with his family in Sarigerme .

But the teen started to feel lethargic and tired during his last few days staying at the Holiday Village Turkey – which has featured on the BBC’s Watchdog programme.

 

Bradie Perkins was 13-years-old when he travelled to the notorious ‘super-sized’ beachfront complex with his family in Sarigerme .

The teen started to feel lethargic and tired during his last few days staying at the Holiday Village Turkey – which has featured on the BBC’s Watchdog programme. Pictured on a dialysis machine when he arrived in the UK

After returning home to Britain, Bradie had to be rushed to hospital twice because of severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, dehydration and other gastric symptoms.

He was eventually diagnosed with E-Coli and a parasite infection called Giardiasis as well as a kidney condition known as Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS).

Bradie was forced to have dialysis treatment but tests found his kidneys had been left functioning at just two-thirds of their normal ability because of the damage caused by the illness.

Tour operator TUI UK Limited – trading as First Choice Holidays and Flights Limited – initially denied liability throughout the five-year claim.

But the case was eventually settled last month just four weeks before a trial was due to begin.

Bradie, who is now 18, has received a substantial six-figure settlement after medical experts concluded that his kidneys were so badly damaged there’s a possibility they could fail in the future.

His family told lawyers that food from previous meals was often re-used at the Holiday Village Turkey the next day and that cold food was sometimes topped up with hot food.

They found that meals were often undercooked and left uncovered while flies, insects and even cats were seen in the restaurant.

The family said there were also instances where the pool was closed due to children defecating in the water but the family never saw the pool drained and re-filled.

Bradie, who lives with his parents in Earl Shilton, Leicester, said the illness meant he had to give up his dream of joining the Navy.

The teen, who is currently studying for his A-levels at college, added: ‘I remember my parents were worried before we went because of the Watchdog programme and when we first arrived the hotel they were still filming and it just didn’t seem very clean.

‘I knew something was wrong when I became so tired and for the last few days of my holiday I felt like I spent more time in the hotel room than I did with my family actually enjoying myself.

‘When we got home it was just a nightmare. I suffered with horrible symptoms, including blood from my back passage, and I was in hospital several times and needed dialysis treatment.

‘I wasn’t the same for months and months and was really scared about what it meant for the future.

‘I was devastated at being told I couldn’t join the Navy and it’s made me have to re-think my future plans.

‘I’ll have to live with the effects of my illness forever and will always be watching what I eat or worrying about where to go on holiday.

‘The settlement gives me peace of mind in that if my kidneys do fail in the future, that I will be able to get the specialist treatment and support I will need.’

 

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