Food poisoning ruins Heanor couple’s holiday

Paula and James Gratton were holidaying when James got food poisoningfrom incorrectly prepared chicken.
Paula and James Gratton were holidaying when James got food poisoningfrom incorrectly prepared chicken.

A Heanor holidaymaker is taking legal action against a travel company after he contracted food poisoning which turned birthday celebration into a “nightmare”.

James Gratton, 51, and his wife Paula, 50 were staying in a four star hotel in Marrakech, Morocco when he ate incorrectly prepared poultry which gave him Campylobacter.

James, a HGV driver, said: “We booked this holiday as a way of celebrating my birthday and we’d been looking forward to it for a long time.

“But, in truth, it turned into a nightmare for both of us.

“I suffered terrible symptoms at the hotel, during our flight home and when I got back to the UK. The illness meant half the holiday was ruined for both of us.

“I had to take some extra time of work to recover from the symptoms and I still don’t feel completely right.

“We hope that by taking legal action we’ll find out what caused me to fall ill and how I came to test positive for Campylobacter.

“What was supposed to be an enjoyable and relaxing trip turned into a bit of a nightmare and spoilt what should have been a celebratory holiday.”

James and Paula have now instructed expert travel illness lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the cause of his illness on the holiday in March, which was booked through TUI UK Limited trading as First Choice.

Amandeep Samra, an expert travel illness lawyer in Irwin Mitchell said: “This case illustrates the long-term problems that can arise from gastric illnesses and infections caused by Campylobacter.

“James continues to suffer from symptoms linked to his holiday in Morocco and both he and Paula want to know what caused him to fall so ill.”

A First Choice spokesperson said: “First Choice is sorry to hear of Mr and Mrs Gratton’s experience.

“As this is now subject to legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

“We closely audits all resorts to which we operate to ensure that health, hygiene and comfort levels are maintained in line with industry standards.”