14 May 2009
Couple seek compensation after contracting salmonella on holiday
A couple who contracted salmonella while on holiday are seeking a payout from the travel firm that organised their break.
According to reports in This is Somerset, Lesley Hocking and her husband Kenneth were on a ten-day vacation to the Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives when they came down with sickness.
They were celebrating their 25-year wedding anniversary.
Ms Hocking, who is a nurse at Musgrove Park Hospital, claims that she still suffers from crippling intermittent stomach pains as a result of the sickness five months after they returned to the UK.
Meanwhile, Mr Hocking said: "I forked out £2,500 on this holiday and it was awful. It was supposed to be a nice holiday for me and my wife but it turned out to be hellish."
They have now initiated legal proceedings against holiday company Cosmos.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: "It is inappropriate for us to comment now the couple have gone to a solicitor."