Passenger With Gangrene Gallbladder Lawsuit Blames Cruise Line – On Thursday, September 6, 2018, around 4:37 p.m., Douglas Martin Pribble Jr, age 53, and his wife who are from New Canton, Virginia were sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Magic on a 7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise (see video below) from Port Canaveral, Florida. Mr. Pribble became ill and sought medical attention from the Carnival Magic medical center, while the ship was at their last port call in Costa Maya, Mexico.
Carnival Magic embarked from Port Canaveral, Florida on September 1, 2018 for a 7-night Caribbean cruise with calls at Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to Port Canaveral on September 8.
According to a lawsuit (Douglas Martin Pribble Jr v Carnival Corp) filed against Carnival on March 19, 2019, “Pribble was treated aboard the cruise ship by Dr. Sithembele Malgas and his nurse Julieta Dino, R.N. when he complained of severe pain in the right upper quadrant of his abdomen. Mr. Pribble was given medication for his pain and discharged from the ship’s medical center.
The following day, September 7, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Mr. Pribble returned to the ship’s medical center again with complaints of right upper quadrant pain in his abdomen. A urinalysis was performed and based on the results from that test Dr. Malgas diagnosed Mr. Pribble with kidney stones. Mr. Pribble was prescribed additional pain medication, released from the ship’s medical center, and was strongly advised to seek medical assistance as soon as he arrived home in Virginia.
Back Home Medical Care
The following day, September 8, 2018, Mr. Pribble and his wife disembarked the MAGIC in Port Canaveral, Florida and drove back home to New Canton, Virginia.
On September 9, 2018 after arriving home, Mr. Pribble pain and symptoms continued unabated. He went to the Emergency Department at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Virginia. The doctors at St. Francis Medical Center performed basic diagnostic tests which the MAGIC’S medical personnel failed to perform and also performed an abdominal CT scan. It was immediately determined by the medical personnel at St. Francis Medical Center that Mr. Pribble had an inflamed and infected gallbladder (also known as acute cholecystitis) which required immediate surgical removal.
Mr. Pribble was experiencing decreased kidney function as a result of dehydration from decreased liquid intake due to his abdominal pain. Consequently, Mr. Pribble could not undergo the surgery until his kidney function had stabilized.
The lawsuit further alleges, “In the meantime, Mr. Pribble was given intravenous fluids, antibiotics, pain medication, and anticoagulants. However, as a result of the delay occasioned by the Defendant’s failure to make a proper diagnosis and recommend appropriate care and prior to the surgery which was scheduled, Mr. Pribble’s gallbladder ruptured.
Then, on October 7, 2018, Mr. Pribble returned to the Emergency Department at St. Francis Medical Center with shortness of breath. Tests were performed and it was determined that Mr. Pribble suffered a collapsed right lung as a result of fluid buildup in his lung in response to the ruptured and infected gallbladder and the release of bile into his abdomen.
As a result of the right collapsed lung, Mr. Pribble had to have a chest tube surgically inserted into the right lung to drain the buildup of fluid.
Pribble filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern Florida District Court, alleging ” Negligent medical care and treatment via employees or actual agents”>
Finally, on February 27, 2019, Mr. Pribble returned to the Emergency Department at St. Francis Medical Center again with shortness of breath. It was determined that Mr. Pribble had pneumonia, which he is now more susceptible to contracting in addition to other possible respiratory conditions, caused by the gallbladder infection. Mr. Pribble was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center until March 2, 2019.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, ” Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of the abdomen, beneath the liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid that’s released into the small intestine (bile). In most cases, gallstones blocking the tube leading out of your gallbladder cause cholecystitis. This results in a bile buildup that can cause inflammation.
Other causes of cholecystitis include bile duct problems, tumors, serious illness and certain infections. If left untreated, cholecystitis can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, such as a gallbladder rupture. Treatment for cholecystitis often involves gallbladder removal. Gangrenous cholecystitis (GC) is defined as necrosis and perforation of the gallbladder wall as a result of ischemia following progressive vascular insufficiency.”
The gallbladder stores a digestive juice called bile. Little stones called gallstones can form in your gallbladder. They are made from bile. Cholecystitis happens when bile gets trapped in your gallbladder.
According to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angels, California, “in most cases, this happens because gallstones are blocking a tube that drains bile from the gallbladder. This causes bile to build up in your gallbladder causing irritation and pressure. It can cause swelling and infection.
Other causes of cholecystitis include:
- Bacterial infection in the bile duct system. The bile duct system is the drainage system that carries bile from your liver and gallbladder into the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum).
- Tumors of the pancreas or liver. A tumor can stop bile from draining out of your gallbladder.
- Reduced blood supply to the gallbladder. This may happen if you have diabetes or, occasionally, if you are very sick from other causes and staying in the hospital ICU…
- Gallbladder sludge. This is a thick material that can’t be absorbed by bile in your gallbladder. The sludge builds up in your gallbladder. It happens mainly to pregnant women or to people who have had a very fast weight loss. Cholecystitis can happen suddenly (acute) or it can be long-term (chronic).”
- Douglas Martin Pribble Jr v Carnival Corp – (pdf file)
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- Mayo Clinic Cholecystitis
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Cholecystitis
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