WEB DESK: A New York Times correspondent wrote a blog on his near-death experience when he decided to stay at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.
Rod Nordland, checked into room 245 at the five star hotel on Monday when he began coughing, wheezing, bleeding through his nose.
Apparently the hotel management hired a certain company for fumigation of its corridors. A chemical in the pesticide sold under the brand name Fendona, is not fatal to mammals in small quantities– but in large quantity it can wreck havoc.
The day Rob checked in, the hotel corridors had been freshly fumigated– and some of the spray penetrated inside the room.
“The moment I stepped inside I started coughing but thought little of it since I had just gotten over a cold. The coughing grew worse and worse, along with a variety of symptoms to be found in the truly scary anti-pesticide literature: rhinitis, mucosal irritation, upper respiratory distress, headache, dizziness, nausea, epigastric pain, vomiting, even brief convulsions at one point. My nose started bleeding, and as I tried to stanch that, blood came out of the mouth instead,” Rob wrote.
“Pretty soon the bathroom looked like someone had been ax-murdered in there, and I remember thinking — in my somewhat addled state — that I had to clean up the blood before the hotel staff saw it and summoned the police.
I called reception and asked if they would send a doctor, and they said he would be there in 15 minutes — five-star hotels, you would expect that — so I tried sitting down. I was also mysteriously sleepy between bouts of violent hacking, but going to sleep seemed like a bad idea because I was not really sure from where my next breath was coming. Through the fog in my head, it occurred to me that fresh air might help, but the room had no windows that opened, so I stepped outside in the corridor and immediately felt a little better. When I went outside by the pool, the symptoms all eased dramatically.”
The journalist was later transfered to a private hospital- the Kulsoom International Hospital– where he writes the room rate was half that of the Marriott and the Wi-fi “rather better”.
Source: New York Times