Taiwanese surgeon says woman sustained brain injury from coaster

Posted Monday, April 4, 2005 10:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Taiwanese surgeon says that a woman sustained a brain injury, subdural hematoma, from a roller coaster. The injury can be caused by a number of things, including head trauma and sneezing.

Read more from The China Post.

Monday, April 4, 2005 11:11 AM
This will be an interesting case to follow. I wonder what this will mean to the coaster community?
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Monday, April 4, 2005 11:20 AM
Jeff's avatar It means the same thing we've known for years... people get subdural hematoma. It's generally caused by a pre-existing condition and there's not a whole lot you can do about it other than lock yourself in a padded room and hope you never cough or sneeze.
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Monday, April 4, 2005 1:10 PM
Thanks for clearing that up, Jeff. I was a little confused by the article. It thought this was saying something new.
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Monday, April 4, 2005 3:58 PM
I wouldn't even say it was an issue. 8 cases. That many people have gotton on a coaster and off in the time it took me to write these couple of sentences.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:57 AM
Sarcasm Warning

This article says 8 cases world wide. I thought that Congressman Markey already "knew" of about 70 cases in the US alone. In any case, if you have the condition, something is going to trigger is sooner or later.

The woman is correct about one thing. With her history now, she shouldn't be riding roller coasters, or bicycles, or horses, or doing anything avoidable that might shake her head.

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Thursday, April 7, 2005 11:23 PM
"...or any condition that may be aggravated by this ride, DO NOT RIDE."

That is the last half-line of every rider safety guide sign at Dorney Park - including the Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Swan Boats, and the trains (it's also in the fun guides / park maps they hand out on the way in). Unfortunately, most people don't ever read that, or if they do they ignore it.

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