Does Shrub smoke? Give the man a ciguatera.
profrv at nex.net.au
Thu Apr 29 13:36:47 PDT 1999
A MEAL of spanish mackerel turned a dream fishing trip into a 19-month
nightmare of bizarre and painful illnesses, a family says.
Miecha McLean, 15, her mother, Glenda, and father, Bruce, claim they became
violently ill and had to be treated in hospital soon after eating the
mackerel on a fishing trip around Queensland's Hervey Bay Marina.
Seven others who ate the fish, caught on the MV Princess 2 in January last
year, also fell ill, according to documents tendered to the Supreme Court.
One victim, a young Canadian backpacker, was even blinded for a few days by
her illness, Mr McLean - who is the Supreme Court's chief executive - told
the Herald Sun.
Mr McLean claims he suffered 19 months of bizarre, unexplained illness
including heart-attack-like symptoms, painful muscle spasms, "terrible
aching all over", fluid retention and depression. He and his family are
suing the Princess 2's skipper, Anthony David Nicholson.
The Kilsyth family claim Mr Nicholson should reasonably have suspected the
big spanish mackerel could have caused ciguatera poisoning.
Mr McLean said ciguatera poisoning occurred in only about seven places in
the world, but Hervey Bay was one of the most notorious.
He said toxic amounts of it were more likely to be found in big fish that
fed on little fish who ate plankton off the reef.
Mr McLean said when he took his daughter to the hospital, soon after she
ate the spanish mackerel in a Thai curry, she was drenched in sweat and her
eyes were rolling back into her head.
"She was in a very, very bad way," he said.
"So was my wife - she was on the verge of collapsing. And then I copped it,
and a short time later my brother-in-law became very, very ill.
"In the end, he was the worst of all of us.
"We were hallucinating, shaking. My daughter stopped breathing for a while.
"We didn't know what had hit us until the doctor asked whether we had eaten
Mr McLean said his family had continued to suffer as a result of the
neurotoxin still in their bodies.
He said he had lost about 10kg in weight and had become "pretty much a loner".
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