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.
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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