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A holidaymaker from Ashburton in Devon has commenced legal proceedings against tour operator Thomas Cook after he contracted cholera on what was meant to be a romantic sunshine break in Tunisia.
Tim Warner, 47, and his partner Amanda paid £1,488 for a 12-day, all-inclusive holiday at the Sol Azur Hotel in Mannamet. As soon as they arrived, they were confronted with an overpowering smell of sewage. When they and other guests complained, they were told that it was caused by a temporary problem with the drains and would be gone in a couple of days. It persisted throughout their stay, however.
The couple tried to make the best of their holiday and booked a number of trips and tours. After a few days, however, Mr Warner began to feel unwell and was confined to their hotel room suffering with vomiting and diarrhoea. As they had taken all their meals at the hotel, he assumed that he had eaten something that had disagreed with him, but continued to feel dreadful.
He was still feeling really unwell when the couple returned home and so went to see his doctor. He carried out tests and telephoned a few hours later to tell Mr Warner that he had contracted cholera and should go to hospital immediately.
Doctors treating Mr Warner said that the illness could have proved fatal had he not been fit and well. Even so, the cholera has left him with a severe case of irritable bowel syndrome that has a marked effect on his day-to-day life.
When Thomas Cook failed to provide a satisfactory response to his complaint, Mr Warner decided to pursue a personal injury claim seeking compensation for his ordeal and ongoing medical problems.