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j_999_9 Jun 17th, 2005 09:01 AM

Follow-up on the child who died on the Disney ride
The topic seems somewhat travel-related since people showed concern about thr safety of the ride, so ...

As it happens, the family lives near me and there's been a lot of follow-up in the local news.

They had an autopsy performed, and there was no indication of any trauma caused by the ride or that the ride contriibuted to the death, In fact, though, they really haven't figured out why he died.

But the doctors reiterated that a force of 2Gs shouldn't be harmful to a normally health 4-year-old.

BTW, the faher is a financial manager at the United Nations, and the family is originally from Uganda.

Barbara Jun 17th, 2005 09:40 AM

I'm just not getting the relevance of the last paragraph.

FainaAgain Jun 17th, 2005 09:45 AM

Something similar happened in Great America (near San Jose, CA). A child unbuckled himself. They said he had some emotional problems.

I am sure there are many more that don't make the news.

Tandoori_Girl Jun 17th, 2005 01:08 PM

whoa! This wasn't a suicide. Is that what you're implying, Faina? Or are you implying that lots of deaths happen at Disney and we never hear about them?

tpatricco Jun 17th, 2005 01:15 PM

Tandori, I don't think that's what Faina was suggesting. Perhaps by emotional" she meant behavioral? Any time something tragic like this happens at a major park like Disney, there's bound to be more publicity than an average case elsewhere.

FainaAgain Jun 17th, 2005 02:35 PM

Just tried to be polite not to say "mental". He didn't understand what he was doing. Tandoori, I don't think pre-teens are capable of actually ending their lives.

Is Great America a part of Disney? Never knew!

What about the time when a group of high school students had a day off in a water park, I think in Concord, CA, and the water slide broke because too many of them were on it at the same time?

These things just happen, just like car accidents. Of course I feel sorry for any parents who lose their children under any circumstanses, but the media blows everything out of proportions. As usual.

KathrynT Jun 17th, 2005 03:16 PM

As I recall, the Great America incident involved a child with special needs who had been on the ride several times before. I don't think it was every proven exactly what happened, but he somehow fell out of his seat.

These tragedies are terrible and my heart goes out to the parents.

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