Celebrity Cruises passenger received blood from HIV positive person by ship medics

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Celebrity Cruises passenger sues company after ‘receiving HIV-infected blood from another traveler’ onboard during emergency transfusion when she suffered rectal hemorrhage

  • A Celebrity Cruises passenger is suing the cruise line after the ship’s medical staff allegedly gave her a blood transfusion from a donor with HIV 
  • The woman, who has not been named, says in court documents that she underwent the emergency procedure on a cruise that set sail on December 4 
  • On day five, she says, she suddenly became ill and was urged by medics to visit the ship’s infirmary
  • According to the documents, the woman suffered a rectal hemorrhage, and was experiencing severe bleeding
  • The woman says staffers then told her condition was serious, she needed a emergency transfusion immediately – or that she would die 
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A Celebrity Cruises passenger is suing the cruise line after the ship’s medical staff allegedly gave her a blood transfusion from a donor with HIV, leaving her with the virus herself.

In a federal lawsuit that demands unspecified damages from the company, the woman, who was not named, alleges she underwent the emergency procedure while on a seven-day cruise that set sail on December 4 of last year.

However, on day five, she says, she suddenly became ill – and was urged by medics to visit the ship’s infirmary. Doctors reportedly discerned that she had suffered a rectal hemorrhage, causing her severe bleeding.

The woman says staffers then told her condition was more serious than initially though, and that she required a emergency transfusion immediately – or risk dying.

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Coaxed into getting the procedure, she says, medical officials then reportedly solicited blood from passengers over the ship’s PA system, finding four willing donors that matched the woman’s Type A-negative blood type.

The procedure then went through, the woman says, with doctors successfully stopping the bleeding, and the woman finishing the final two days of the voyage.

Sometime later, however, the woman says she tested positive for HIV – and she is adamant she contracted the virus from the transfusion. 

A Celebrity Cruises passenger is suing the cruise line after the ship’s medical staff allegedly gave her a blood transfusion from a donor with HIV, leaving her with a medical condition

A Celebrity Cruises passenger is suing the cruise line after the ship’s medical staff allegedly gave her a blood transfusion from a donor with HIV, leaving her with a medical condition

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She says the blood given to her was not properly screened by staffers, and that the Celebrity Cruises should be held accountable for the alleged error – which she says has left her with the lifelong, incurable medical condition.

It is not clear from the documents exactly when she received her diagnosis. It is also unknown if she has begun treatment or what her current medical condition is. 

Celebrity Cruises confirmed to DailyMail.com Thursday that the procedure detailed in the woman’s lawsuit did take place, and that they are ‘looking into’ the allegations.

‘We can confirm that we successfully performed a lifesaving medical procedure for this guest,’ Susan Lomax, head of communications for the luxury liner, said in an email. 

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‘We are looking into the allegations contained in the complaint and have nothing further to add at this point.’

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