A woman is suing Carnival Corporation after her husband died a short time after he got off the Queen Mary 2 at Circular Quay last year.
Heather Bailey was cruising with her husband David Bailey from Melbourne to Sydney in February 2018 when her husband started experiencing chest pains.
Mrs Bailey claimed in Supreme Court documents that on the last morning of their sailing, the couple visited the medical centre and was told by a Carnival Corporation nurse to see a doctor on the mainland about his chest pains.
“(David) informed (them) he had been feeling unwell since, at or about, midnight the night before,” Mrs Bailey’s claim reads. “(They) informed him that he should attend a hospital onshore.”
Carnival Corporation has defended the actions of the nurse and also claimed that the couple had refused medical assistance.
The line claims that the nurse and a doctor offered to treat Mr Bailey but the couple chose to seek treatment at a free public hospital when they arrived in Sydney.
“Carnival says that the nurse advised the deceased that he should have his chest pain investigated by the doctor who was then present in the clinic and available to see him immediately for that purpose,” the defence reads.
“Carnival says that the deceased’s wife told the nurse they intended to go to a hospital onshore because it would be cheaper.”
The Baileys disembarked at Sydney, but Mr Bailey reportedly collapsed shortly after while he was sitting on a pylon at Circular Quay.
An ambulance was called and a bystander tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.
A Carnival spokesman says, “as the matter is currently subject to litigation we don’t propose to add to our statement provided to the court other than to say that we continue to express our condolences to the family and, as the statement emphasises, stand by the actions of the onboard medical team when they were approached on the morning of disembarkation.
“Immediate advice and treatment was offered but it was declined by the guest in favour of seeking medical treatment on shore. Further advice was given that medical care should be sought as a matter of urgency.”