A Louisiana widow says Carnival Cruise Line failed to check an unlicensed doctor’s credentials before the phony physician treated her husband who later died aboard one of the boats, according to a federal lawsuit.
The judge rejected last week the cruise line’s motion to dismiss charges that it failed to properly verify the background of the ship’s physician, Dr. Chenna Kesava Reddy Yenuga Mandi.
Mandi wasn’t a medical doctor or board-certified physician when he examined a fatally ill Daniel Murphy aboard a seven-day cruise from the Port of New Orleans in May 2018, according to the suit.
The suit, which was filed by his wife Mary Ann Murphy, is seeking unspecified damages and claims that her husband died because the ship “could not even provide the most basic diagnostic and medical care.”
During the trip, Murphy visited the ship’s medical center complaining of chest pain, stomach ache and profuse sweating among other symptoms, the suit said.
Mandi examined him but failed to properly diagnose him after determining he had a low temperature and slow pulse, according to court documents.
The medical center then allegedly sent Murphy to recover in his room for 24 hours and gave him permission to go ashore during a stop in Cozumel, Mexico, where he suffered a fatal heart attack.
“As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of Carnival, [Murphy’s] medical condition was not properly or timely diagnosed or treated,” the suit said. “Further, as a direct and proximate result of the negligence of Carnival, Daniel Murphy passed away.”
Carnival didn’t immediately respond to a request or comment. In court filings, the cruise line has denied that the ship’s physicians didn’t have sufficient experience.
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