A hotel manager was left battling for her life after contracting a rare kidney infection just hours after a “dream holiday” at a luxury resort in Egypt.
Pretty Nicola Collings was left critically ill and needed emergency dialysis and blood transfusions following a summer trip to Sharm el Sheikh.
The 23-year-old was rushed to hospital just hours after returning to the UK from the five star Siva Sharm Resort & Spa in August last year.
She had her appendix removed because medics wrongly suspected appendicitis but blood tests later revealed she had the filth bug e-coli.
Nicola was also suffering from HUS (Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome) and TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) causing her blood to fail and her kidney function to plummet.
Nicola, from Dorridge, in Solihull, West Mids., says: “The months following my return to the UK were absolutely terrifying as doctors only gave me a small chance of surviving my condition.
“When you go on holiday you are supposed to come back feeling refreshed but I ended up fighting for my life.”
“I’m lucky really that I don’t have to be on dialysis all my life but I shouldn’t be in this situation at all.”
Nicola was in Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital for two weeks and needed to take two months off work to recover from her illness.
She has now instructed medical negligence lawyers to investigate the five-star hotel and travel company Red Sea Holidays Ltd.
Nicola claims the pool area was dirty with murky water while food was recycled and served lukewarm and with dirty cutlery
She added: “Although I’m now back at work I’m often shaking and tired and I still don’t feel normal now ten months on.
“I also have to be careful about my health as my immune system is not that great and so I tend to get ill easily.
“I’m desperate to know what caused my illness as there could be other people affected who might not be as lucky as I was in surviving my condition.”
Lawyers won a five-figure sum from the hotel in 2010, formally called the Savita Spa Resort, after a group of holidaymakers suffered severe gastric symptoms on holiday.
Amandeep Samra, an expert holiday illness lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We are currently investigating the exact cause of Nicola’s illness.
“It is extremely worrying to hear how severely ill Nicola became as a result of the illness she suffered.
“She has been through a traumatic experience and continues to suffer as a result of the illness she contracted.
“As we conduct our investigations we would urge anyone who stayed at the Siva Sharm Hotel and who may be able to provide information about the conditions there to get in contact with us as soon as possible.”