High Wycombe family’s heartbreak as woman dies after falling ill on holiday

The heartbroken family of a grandmother from High Wycombe who died after developing Legionnaires’ disease during a holiday in the Dominican Republic have called in lawyers to help them gain answers about her death.

Lynn Stigwood, who was 70, fell ill with vomiting and diarrhoea during a 10-day stay at the Grand Sirenis resort in Punta Cana in August 2019.

Shortly afterwards, she struggled to breathe and was taken to a local hospital. She was placed in an induced coma and transferred to Florida for further treatment.

Sadly, she never came out of the coma and her son and daughter, Philip and Helen, flew from the UK to the US to say goodbye before she died on 29 September, 2019.

Two years on, her devastated family have instructed international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how the illness emerged – and whether more could have been done to stop it.

Lynn was holidaying at the Grand Sirenis resort with her husband Melvyn, 72, daughter Helen and Helen’s husband, Phillip, as well as the couple’s children Ben aged 16 and Matilda aged 14.

Melvyn recalled: “Lynn started off by suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, but things got progressively worse after that.

“She was breathless, lethargic and really struggling to walk. We knew she needed hospital treatment, but were stunned when she was placed in an induced coma. It was horrendous.”

Lynn, a housewife, was then transported from the Dominican Republic to a hospital in Florida. Helen, Phillip and their children returned to the UK. Lynn turned 70 while in the induced coma and her children flew from the UK to visit her before she died.

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