A baby girl has been left a triple amputee after she fell ill during a family cruise.
Phoebe Moon, a nine months old from the UK, was with her parents on a Royal Caribbean cruise in the US in February when she became sick, NBC Miami reported.
Her worried parents kept going to the infirmary to check on her, and Phoebe’s mum said she kept getting worse.
The parents eventually took Phoebe off the ship mid-cruise after she was given antibiotics.
The little girl was taken to a hospital in Saint Martin in the Caribbean.
Phoebe’s dad Luke told NBC when the family arrived in St Martin their daughter was given 15 minutes to live.
The girl’s hands and feet became swollen from what her parents said was meningitis.
She was airlifted from the island to Fort Lauderdale in the US state of Florida.
“We were just in utter shock to think you left to go on holidays with your daughter and the prospect that you’re not going to be going home with her is unimaginable,” Ms Moon told NBC.
“At the hospital, we knew that she would lose her feet and fingers of the left hand.”
The family is now suing Royal Caribbean alleging doctors on the ship misdiagnosed their daughter with a stomach bug when she had a life-threatening meningococcal meningitis infection.
A spokesperson for the cruise company told NBC their thoughts were with the family during this “challenging time”, but no further comment would be made due to the litigation.
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