Kaitlyn Lassiter undergoing more surgery

Posted Thursday, October 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Randy Lasitter said his daughter, Kaitlyn, was suffering more and more pain in the reattached foot, and needed more surgery. He says the problem could be related to plates that hold the foot to her right leg. Kaitlyn Lasitter was 13 years old when a cable broke on Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom’s Superman Tower of Power ride in June 2007. Doctors were unable to save her left foot.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008 4:47 PM

This is all SFKK's fault Intamin had nothing to do with this. SFKK's operator should have been watching there ride while it was in operation, aircraft cables never snap quietly.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 6:23 PM

They are going to have to sell the park (and maybe a few others too) to be able to pay her what she deserves.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 8:03 PM

I'm sure it's the insurance company's representation at this point that will try to minimize the damages. Not sure how anyone can give Intamin a free pass.

I just can't imagine my kid (if I had one) having to live like this. Breaks my heart, and I've never even met her.

Friday, October 3, 2008 2:10 AM

Totally agree Jeff.

But this is where you and I and most likely some others differ. This girl should be set for the rest of her life. We all agree on that.

However, the parents both quitting their jobs just disturbes me. The parents should not be set for the rest of their lives.

If she was 18 when this accident happened, we wouldn't see her parents getting any money or even having these discussions about liability

I compare this to a child with a permanent disibility like autism. The parents should not benefit for their own self wealth. The only money that should come in is for the child's care only.

Friday, October 3, 2008 5:31 AM

I feel sad for this girl. As for the parents, they might try to toss in "mental anguish and lost income of caregivers" into the legal mix. Plus, unless the girl becomes emancipated, her parents control the purse strings until she hit 18.

Friday, October 3, 2008 8:18 AM

It seems this case gets worse and worse for this family. And chitown, maybe they have gone back to work, have an online business or maybe it's just too hard to go back to work with all the set backs. And really ..is it Anyones business how they decide to live Their lives. Have you ever taken care of a child who has had Both feet severed? I'm gonna say NO! you haven't, so you might not want to judge so harshly.

Friday, October 3, 2008 10:07 AM

Chitown said:
However, the parents both quitting their jobs just disturbes me. The parents should not be set for the rest of their lives.

I compare this to a child with a permanent disibility like autism. The parents should not benefit for their own self wealth. The only money that should come in is for the child's care only.

I think it's a poor comparison. This kid was around 13 years before this happened, it's not like they knew it was coming. I think it's also completely unfair to suggest that they're doing it for their own wealth. I'd quit my job too to take care of my kid. This didn't just happen to the girl, it happened to the family.

Friday, October 3, 2008 10:19 AM

My thoughts and hopes once again go out to this family. I cannot imagine the horror they face.

I agree with you, Jeff. I'd quit as well.

Friday, October 3, 2008 11:12 AM

The pain, anguish, and disability this child is going to have to live with for the rest of her life is terrible to imagine.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 7:06 PM

I can tell everyone here with no shame I would fall apart if this happened to one of my kids. I really don't know if I could function the same and maybe thats one of the reasons they quit their jobs (if that is the whole true story). If your mind is not in it, how can you perform your job? You can't. I wouldn't want one of these parents, say continue to be a firefighter or something similar if they can't think straight. To watch your child, who was healthy and full of potential, be cut down at 13 with horrific pain on a daily basis could make the most together people lose it. And on top of it all, there is nothing they can do to ease her pain. When you become a parent you can't stand to see your child get even a cold, let alone a life changing injury. We also have to remember it's her parent's who probably took her to the park or at least allowed her to go. I know it's not their fault but you would not be able to not think "god if I only didn't take her there." I know it's not true but when things like this happen all sorts of things come into your head and they really can stress a person. I feel so bad for this family and young girl. Yes, this girl should be set for life and I don't know why people aren't scrambling to settle this.

To say it's Intamins fault or not, or the parks fault is really hard to say. I have a feeling it was a combined negligence on all involved. Obviously some operator error, if the initial report are true, but was there a design flaw? I'm sure the lawyers on this site could make arguments either way.

Last edited by Winston, Tuesday, October 7, 2008 7:10 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 10:55 AM

I can't help but think that the pain she is experiencing now is due more to a growth spurt than anything that will be with her the rest of her life. Remember they attached her foot with a metal plate and screws. As her leg tries to grow, its going to be trying to pull that plate apart, which is going to hurt like hell.

I hope the Doctors can find a way to help ease the pain without having to do surgeries every 6 months.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 12:14 PM

Amputation pain is one of the most severe pains human beings can experience. This pain can endure for months or years after the original injury.

Another possibility is that the amputation has led to RSD (now called CRPS or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). This is a neurological disorder where the body gets the brain mixed up about an injury it received, and tricks it into thinking it's still happening. This is the disability my wife has.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 1:43 PM

Yikes. That (CRPS) sounds completely awful.

It's interesting that the article link now points to an updated article with the title, " Six Flags Attorneys Ask Judge to Add Co-Defendants to Lawsuit." Only the last paragraph addresses the additional surgery and indicates that many more surgeries are expected.

I say that it's interesting because the point I was going to make before I checked the article to make sure I didn't miss any facts, was that I didn't think the idea of Kaitlyn needing more surgery was very newsworthy. Seems to me the idea of her undergoing multiple surgeries for quite some time is pretty obvious. The only reason I can think of to report on it is to keep the event itself fresh in the minds of the public.

Still, this was a life-changing event and my heart and prayers go out to the family. As Jeff pointed out earlier, I believe the entire family's lives have changes as a result of this and I think they all should be compensated.


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