Heart problems caused Disney deaths

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:30 AM | Contributed by jdancisin

Two children who died in separate incidents this summer at Walt Disney World were both victims of irregular heartbeats linked to natural causes, the medical examiner's office said. A 4-year-old who died in June after going on the rocketship ride "Mission: Space" at Epcot had an abnormal thickening of his heart muscle caused by a condition present since birth, doctors said Tuesday. A 12-year-old girlwho suddenly collapsed at the Typhoon Lagoon water park in August died from arrhythmia caused by an early-stage viral heart infection, officials also determined.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:36 AM
Sadly, the fact that Disney wasn't responsible for these deaths doesn't make them any less tragic. Any time a child is lost it is a very sad day.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 1:17 PM
Here is another link to the story.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/orl-bk-boy111505,0,190910.story?coll=orl-home-headlines

Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia today released the cause of death of the 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died in June after he rode Mission: SPACE at Epcot. According to Garavaglia, Daudi Bamuwamye died from cardiac arrythmia brought on a heart abnormality from an unknown, possibly congenital cause. Disney released a statement today saying, "Our sympathies are with the families during this difficult time. In regard to the reports, we believe they speak for themselves." Read the Orlando Sentinel's story on this subject:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:24 PM
I hope all the media outlets that went off and said all kinds of bad stuff about the ride and Disney cover this and show that it was heart condition. Still a sad story though. I guess the parents didn't know.
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Thursday, November 17, 2005 12:32 AM
heart condition or not, i'm not quite sure why four year-olds
are permitted to ride mission: space. from what i've read
and heard, it's a very intense experience.
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Thursday, November 17, 2005 11:10 AM
And since you haven't been on it you're clearly not an expert or qualified to have an opinion.
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