Well its not greatest, but at least she may be able to lead a somewhat normal life. Hope everything works out for her.
I have a Cousin who had his leg shot off from the thigh in a hunting accident. He wears a prosthetic leg and you can't even tell it's not real. He does walk with a very noticeable limp but he gets around almost as well as everyone else.
So my question now is how well will a reattached foot heal? After a foot is reattached and fully healed, will it work well enough to allow her to be able to put all of her body weight on it?
I really hope she will turn out okay. When something like this happens to a person, it sometimes makes them very strong willed and they prove to everyone that they can do anything that they want even with a disability, not to mention that she is a kid.
So the ride was in great condition and it is a mystery as to why it malfunctioned? It passed inspection the last 4 years? Sounds fishy to me.
*** Edited 7/4/2007 4:31:32 PM UTC by dexter***
Interestingly enough, here in Louisville, every news story related to the accident always makes reference to the family's statment. The media is constantly re-itterating the fact that the family says no one from Six Flags Corporate (nor the park itself) has contacted them in any way, shape or form.
The park PR person initially stated that park reps has had attempted to visit the girl at the hospital only to be turned away by family. The family is adamant that no one from the park has ever attempted to contact or visit. The constant re-itterance on the news makes the PR person look like a liar.
This strikes me as posturing for a huge lawsuit. No doubt the family is making public their distaste for the way SF has handled the matter. And who knows if SF actually did try to visit the girl. I cannot fathom that they wouldn't at least attempt.
In the meantime, the park continues to not return calls or address the statments through the media. Probably due to the fact that they've been instructed by council not too. However, at least in local eyes, SFKK is being percieved as non-caring.
Obviously I think they care, but there's been a HUGE outpouring of support from the public here for the girl. Virtually every newscast updates you about her status and condition because people are very concerned for her. In turn, the family has been very vocal about the appreciation they have for the support of the community.
By comparison, SFKK's "non contact" is leaving a horribly bad taste in local's mouths. I expect that unless they address this soon, many Louisvillians will hold it against the park for years to come.
I will also go as far to say that I would not be surprised to see the ride scrapped. Not one single person I have talked with about it (and there's been many... it's a really hot topic in Lou) has any intention of ever riding the attraction again. As a matter of fact, I am not sure I will.
Considering it's the initial prototype 2nd-generation and that SF has not utilized Intamin for subsequent re-furbs or parts since they took over the park, I am none too confident it this attraction as well as others in the park. And this comes from someone who has always been a champion for parks and their attention to safety.
Maybe time will change the current perception, but for now at least, people are gravely concerned about their safety on ANY ride at SFKK.
As a side note, as horrible as this was, if it had to happen, the girl was in a region that has amazing medical facilities. No doubt between the local Louisville hosptials and Vanderbuilt in Tenn, she is getting top-notch care.
Shaggy *** Edited 7/5/2007 2:47:31 PM UTC by Shaggy***
They would rather "sensationalize" the situation are portray the park management in a bad light.
But I will say one thing. Unfortunately, our society has regressed to the level that nobody can ever apologize or say I'm sorry for anything that happens, because it's taken as an admission of guilt or liability. Whether it be two people involved, corporations, or countries, we'd rather seek vengeance than find a solution.
I believe that's a big reason why there is so much incivility in this country today. We'd rather fight and sue. But does anyone actually feel better afterwards?
Dear Miss..... I was deeply saddened to hear of your miss adventure. Our deepest thoughts and wishes go out to you.
but not even that much? Come on. BAD PR.
And if they use words like "accident," they're admitting guilt. A savvy attorney would love to present that letter in a courtroom.
Put this in front of a Jury and she could own SF by the time not just liability but punitive.
Granted SF might not be at fault if some other reason is determined (Defective cable, Bad ride specs from intamin, Design flaw ect)
But If I were SF id be ponying up and being apoligetic just for the PR alone. If it came out that something they did caused it and they still try to look unsympathetic a Jury's gonna hang em.
Chuck, stating that these are just opinions on my part and have no basis on fact (Gotta put the disclaimer to something like this or Shapiro might own me)
But I will agree with you on these punitive damages, mental anguish, whatever they call these intangibles. They're way out of hand. It's one thing to collect damages directly related to one's case (injury, death, whatever).
Anymore, it's just become a case of let's totally ruin and destroy as many people as we can, simply because we're able, or by association, and they have the money. Like the a-hole who thought he was entitled to 54 million dollars because a dry cleaner lost or ruined one frickin' pair of pants.
As long as stuff like that can even be considered in our court system, people and corporations will be advised to circle the wagons and say nothing.
Litigation is an excuse. If that park closes because the region it's in does not support it any longer they have no one to blame but themselves!!!!
Yes...it's very obvious these Jerks don't care.
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