An Ohio woman is suing the Marriott Long Wharf for what she says was permanent colon damage caused by a toothpick in a hamburger she ordered through room service during a 2010 stay.
In her lawsuit, originally filed in Suffolk Superior Court but transferred this week to US District Court, Rebecca Robinson-Brown of Columbus, OH, says she ordered a burger and kettle fries on Dec. 5, 2010 and that she "unknowingly swallowed a toothpick" inside the burger.
Robinson-Brown says the next day, she had to have emergency surgery at Mass. General to remove the toothpick and try to repair the hole it put in her small bowel. This was followed by five days of treatment at the hospital for the infection she says the toothpick hole caused.
In her suit, she says she was discharged on Dec. 12, flew back home and then had to be admitted to a hospital there, twice in two weeks, for treatment of the continuing pain and other complications from the surgery and infection.
Robinson-Brown says she continues to have "enormous pain and suffering" and "severe and permanent injuries" due to the toothpick and that she and her husband deserve recompense from the hotel, because it shouldn't be serving guests food with hidden toothpicks in it.
The hotel has yet to file a reply.
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