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Celebrity cruise passenger claims ship’s doctors gave her HIV-infected blood during transfusion

A Celebrity cruise the passenger is suing the cruise line after the ship’s doctor gave him a blood transfusion from a donor with HIV.

While on a seven day cruise, who set sail December 4, 2021, the wife fell ill on the fifth day. After going to the medical center, doctors found that she was suffering from rectal bleeding. Further examination revealed that she had gastrointestinal bleeding and would need an emergency blood transfusion to survive. Medical staff wasted no time in announcing they needed donors Type A negative blood over the ship’s speaker system. Four passengers donated blood and a successful transfusion was provided.

At some point after the cruise, the woman says she tested positive for HIV, although it’s unclear exactly when she was diagnosed. Since the diagnosis, it is also unknown whether she has started treatment or what her current condition is. Nevertheless, she is certain that the blood transfusion is to blame. She strongly believes that the blood given to her was not properly screened.

Celebrity Cruises, which was voted Best Cruise Line in 2020 by the LA Travel Magazine Readers Choice Award, offers a luxury experience on its cruises. Founded in 1988, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in 1997. They offer several cruises including Alaska, Mediterranean and Caribbean.

She is claiming unspecified damages. Celebrity Cruises has not publicly commented on the matter.