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Crab’s Eye Necklace Blamed For Poisoning Of 2-Year-Old On Cruise Ship

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                     A crab’s eye necklace.

SAN JUAN — A two-year-old girl is recovering from what her mother calls a severe poisoning incident during a Caribbean cruise.

Samantha Gandy said she woke up early Wednesday to find her daughter Audrey drooling and burning with fever.

The 29-year-old woman alleges that medical staff on the Carnival Dream vessel diagnosed the girl as suffering from a virus and then downplayed the danger when told she could have ingested a necklace bead from a toxic plant while in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Seeds from the Crab’s eye plant are commonly used to make jewelry.

The Monroe, Louisiana woman said the girl was drooling and burning with fever and was rushed to a hospital when the ship arrived Thursday in San Juan.

Upon arrival Thursday in Puerto Rico, the toddler was rushed to a hospital. Gandy says doctors told her the poisoning was nearly fatal.

Carnival and hospital officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday.

crabs eye peas

                Crab’s eye peas in scale.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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