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Voyage home has tragic end

Their cruise ship was on the last leg of a 9-day voyage when the man began experiencing respiratory distress. By the time the Royal Caribbean ship got to New Jersey and docked, the man and his wife demanded that he be transferred to a medical center just a few minutes away by ambulance.

According to the woman's medical malpractice lawsuit, ship medical personnel refused to allow her husband to leave the vessel and refused help from the EMTs who were there at the dock with an ambulance.

Instead, the ship's medical personnel repeatedly tried to insert a breathing tube in the man. They also gave him the sedative propofol. According to her lawsuit, the amount administered was excessive and caused her husband to go into cardiac arrest.

She alleges that ship personnel then failed to perform defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After a second ambulance arrived, her husband was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The legal claim alleges that onboard medical personnel knew or should have known that their equipment and facilities were inadequate for diagnosis, treatment and care. In addition, the suit says personnel should have released him to the waiting ambulance and EMTs.

Though the plaintiff apparently lives in New Jersey, which is where the ship was docked during the tragic incident, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent doctor, hospital or other medical personnel, you can speak with a Huntington, West Virginia, medical malpractice attorney experienced in litigation and negotiation.

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