Posted Thursday, June 29, 2006 5:11 PM | Contributed by jonrev
A 12-year-old boy from Kentucky died Thursday after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney MGM Studios, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Michael Russell complained about being ill after the ride and fainted, according to a Orange County Sheriff's Office representative.
Read more from WKMG/Orlando.
I feel bad for Disney when they get some bad wrap in the news when they didn't do anything wrong.
Wonder if this is another law suit for Disney to face?
My sympathies go to the family and all those involved in this horrible accident.
Regardless, I'm sure it was an incredibly sad situation and I feel for the victim and his family.
Disney hasn't been having the best of luck with these "pre-existing conditions" rider issues.
The boy may have truly been dead when the exit dispatcher saw him, but he wasn't declared until he was at the hospital.
Disney has never and never will pronounce any one dead on their grounds.
*** This post was edited by Gemini 6/30/2006 6:17:19 AM ***
Sorry again, but again, I'm more sorry for those involved in this, including parents and Disney officials.
The boy died at Celebration hospital, not at the rides exit. Your friend did not see the kid dead.
He was *declared* dead at Celebration Hospital. That's not the same thing as he *died* there. Typically, first responders or paramedics don't make that call---almost always, the victim isn't declared until s/he arrives at a hospital, and often after some efforts to resuscitate upon arrival.
I've read two versions of the story reported in reputable outlets. One said he walked off the ride and then fainted. The other said he was limp when the ride stopped. I think we'll have to wait a while to hear the full story.
The most tragic thing about this is that as others have stated, sometimes random heart murmurs / attacks / strokes / embalisms <sp> just. Happen. My heart goes out to the family and to any who had to witness this tragedy. Mole, hope your friend feels better soon... there really isn't any thing about these incidents that are fun.
So he brings up Jim Fixx, a legendary runner who published a book on running. He later died from a heart attack. So at first I'm agreeing with him that anything can happen at anytime to someone, even if they do live a healthy living. What he failed to tell me, is that Jim Fixx had a bad family history of heart disease with people having heart attacks at a relatively young age. He also didn't mention that Jim Fixx had three heavily blocked arteries. And the one thing I haven't been able to confirm that my Dad told me (he owns the book) is that Jim Fixx refused to get a stress test, because he believed he was in perfect health.
So my point is that either a) that the ride did cause the fatality due to forces that the kid couldn't handle or b) that even though the kid was healthy, there was something underlying that the parents didn't know about
My little editorial: It used to be that when you went to the doctor for a physical, that you had a full physical. They checked your reflexes, you dropped your drawers and coughed etc. My HMO probably puts so much pressure on the doctors at my practice to spend as little of time with the patients as possible that they only treat the stuff you come in for. I've never had a full physical since I changed over to this practice many years ago. So what aren't they catching when you go there? Obviously, I don't know the kid's family background, or his doctor's arrangement, but I think we should be concerned about the lack of time spent with patients now a days.
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 6/30/2006 1:10:18 PM ***
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