Santo L. Piazza, 78 – Accidental Death, Disney Magic Passenger, August 14, 2007, Time of Death is unknown
In late July 2007, Santo Piazza, 78, from New York, embarked on an 11-day cruise with his wife and his daughter’s family aboard Disney Magic out of Barcelona, Spain.
According to Piazza’s wife, Marilyn, on August 14, 2007, her husband fell as he entered their cabin bathroom, slammed against the bathtub and caused catastrophic internal injuries. She says the threshold at the bathroom door was poorly designed, causing her husband to trip.
Santo, not feeling well after the incident, immediately went to see the ship’s doctor. He was examined and given some Tylenol for pain, then dismissed back to his cabin and ship’s activities.
But, Santo continued to feel worst, having severe pain, shortness of breath and was vomiting blood. So, later that day he went back to the ship’s doctor for further treatment. At that time, the doctor decided that Santo had fractured his ribs and punctured a lung, something the initial examination did not discover. At that time, the doctor decided Santo needed to be medically evacuated from the ship. However, the evacuation plans were delayed. Mrs. Piazza says they waited for five hours before the ship changed course to head for the port of Cagliari, Sardinia.
Once the ship evacuated her husband, he was placed on a rubber raft and bounced in rough seas for eight miles, with her husband crashing and smashing up and down in the rubber raft all the way to shore.
Santo Piazza died from his injuries 17 days later and his widow has now filed a lawsuit in Florida seeking damages against the cruise line. The widow alleges that the doctor failed to diagnose her husband properly on the first visit, the ship delayed in seeking a port to treat her husband and then improperly evacuated him, all adding to the extent of his injuries.