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A medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Miami federal court alleges the Carnival Cruise Ship infirmary staff, committed malpractice when they gave a passenger the wrong medication.

The lawsuit alleges the ship’s doctor and infirmary staff mistreated and misdiagnosed a 73-year-old passenger, resulting in her death, according to court documents.

On September 6, 2006, the woman was suffering from a build up of fluid on her lungs. She went to the ship infirmary where they gave her fluid, the wrong thing to do in her case.

The complaint claims the cruise medical staff in effect allowed her to drown in her own fluids. As she suffered, the Captain of the ship would not allow her to be transported to a full medical center with regard to the ships budget and not the passengers well being.

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