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MOBILE, Alabama - After days of being stranded at sea, thousands of vacationers are finally back home and appreciating the little things.
Passengers cheered as the Carnival cruise ship Triumph arrived in Mobile.
"I'm ecstatic!" says Adriana Perez of Houston, Texas, "I am so excited, just to be back home and to know that, you know, I can take a shower in a little bit. I can go to the restroom and not have to worry if there is water or not."
Perez was among over 3000 passengers aboard Triumph on Sunday, when a fire in the engine room caused the vessel, the length of 3 football fields, to lose power 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
"There was a moment where the electricity went out and you could hear the screams of babies and mothers and there was an elderly couple sitting next to me and I could hear them telling each other 'okay remember, I love you, remember I love you'," says Perez. "That was really difficult."
What was supposed to be a 4 day cruise turned into 8 days, as tug boats slowly towed the disabled vessel to Mobile. With limited power, passengers say there were long lines for food and backed up toilets forced them to use plastic bags.
"They were our toilets," says Julie Hair of Lake Charles, Louisiana. "Yes, and then we had to set in the hallway. It taught you a lot of humility."
Carnival chartered 100 buses and 20 planes to help get passengers back home. The company is offering each passenger a full refund for this cruise, $500 in cash and a free cruise in the future for those who are still interested.
"I'd go tomorrow, you fall off a bicycle, you don't never ride it again," says Mike Westwood of San Antonio, Texas. "You fall off a horse you do it, you have an automobile accident you still drive a car."
The Triumph was towed to a shipyard on Mobile Bay where it will undergo repairs and, no doubt, a thorough cleaning. Carnival officials say the vessel will remain out of service through April.
This story continues to develop. We'll bring you the latest over the weekend on FOX17 NEWS, Fox17.com and Facebook.com/FoxNashville.
Friday, February 15 2013, 10:16 PM CST
Pediatrician says DCS challenges medical opinions
May 20, 2013 19:33 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Spring Hill pediatrician says she has some sympathy as the Tennessee Department of Children's Services tries to sort through claims about children's welfare.
Dr. Shontae Buffington serves as the fellow-at-large representing Middle Tennessee for the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
But Buffington also told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/10PY0YX ) she is irritated that DCS caseworkers without apparent medical expertise sometimes challenged her medical opinions. Buffington said it isn't unusual for a pediatrician to see two or three cases that could be medical maltreatment in a year's time.
The newspaper cited a case in which the department said medical professionals' belief that an East Tennessee infant with heart problems wasn't being properly cared for were unfounded. Six days later, the baby died.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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