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    Holidaymaker wins £20,000 after falling seriously ill in Dominican Republic


    Travel Company Thomas Cook has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Mark Bidwell, 33, who became ill when he stayed in the Bahia Principe Hotel in 2009 with his pregnant partner.

    The father-of-two became unwell just five days into their two-week stay at the four-star hotel in San Juan in the Dominican Republic. The trip was set to be a relaxing luxurious holiday for the couple ahead of the arrival of their baby but it quickly turned into a ‘nightmare trip’. He suffered lethargy, abdominal pain and diarrhoea and Mark said even now “I feel as though my life has completely changed and it will never be the same again.”

    Mark lost weight as a result of falling ill and says he still suffers on-going health problems as a result. He said “The holiday was a nightmare for both of us. The food was awful and we have both been put off travelling to the Dominican Republic ever again”. He went on to say “I regret ever staying at the hotel. It was a terrible experience for us and I am still suffering the consequences today as I am still experiencing on-going symptoms”.

    Thomas Cook was sued by the builder but settled the case two weeks before it was due to go to court. His partner, Ms Greathurst, was 24 weeks pregnant with daughter Madison when they were on the holiday but fortunately was not unwell. £5.5m has now been secured in settlements for holidaymakers who have stayed in that hotel since 2007.

    Source: Daily Mail

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