Woman died of bleeding on the brain after Mission: Space ride

Posted Saturday, April 15, 2006 9:36 AM | Contributed by redman822

A German woman who fell ill after going on a ride at Walt Disney World died of bleeding of the brain, the medical examiner's office said Friday in a preliminary report. The report did not mention any connection between the ride and the woman's death. Hiltrud Bluemel, 49, also had severe, long-standing high blood pressure, said Dr. Jan Garavaglia, Orange-Osceola chief medical examiner, in a statement. There was no evidence of bodily injuries.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006 11:13 AM
Mission: Space is going to be the new pre-req for life insurance companies, survive the ride and you get a policy! Just kidding, I can't imagine how someone can walk around with severe high blood pressure and go on the ride. Either she was being treated and should have known better, or she wasn't being treated and she felt like crap all the time with migraines. Either way, people need to use common sense.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 11:27 AM
This probably won't stop her family from trying to sure for millions either.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 12:26 PM
Too bad it won't work since there are warnings outside of the ride.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 1:24 PM
Of course they'll get something for it. Legalese signs don't mean anything in court. They'll settle.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 1:48 PM
The woman was German, so there is no guarantee she could read the signs properly, unless Disney has them in different languages. Iknow, unlikely this is the case, but still.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 1:50 PM
It's just become easier in today's legal climate to offer a settlement in these cases. There's less publicity and expense in the long run and most often the park admits no fault. There are usually non-diclosure agreements invloved also which prohibits the plaintiff from disclosing the amount of the settlement.
Sunday, April 16, 2006 12:44 AM
Pretty sure the Disney maps/brochures when you enter the park are available in various languages...the warnings really apply only to KNOWN pre-existing conditions, seems that most of these incidents occur when riders are unaware of their personal health risk factors...

As an aside, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, she is THE "Doctor G, Medical Examiner"...

Sunday, April 16, 2006 8:59 PM
It would make sense to rollergator. If not, they should learn their lesten sooner or later.
Sunday, April 16, 2006 10:19 PM
^What the heck is a 'lesten'? No wonder 1 in 3 kids are dropping out of high school.
Monday, April 17, 2006 12:01 AM
You mean it wasn't the ride's fault? No way. JK, but seriously, it's not ever the ride's fault, ever... ever. Always the rider.
Monday, April 17, 2006 7:46 AM
I was at Epcot for the first time 3 weeks ago and considered riding Mission Space but decided not to since I have high blood pressure and a heart condition. Maybe I made the right choice. I decided that even though I might die doing something I love which is fine with me, I didn't want to die seated next to my son.

Of course my condition doesn't keep me off of Dragster, Magnum, Millenium Force ect.

Monday, April 17, 2006 4:41 PM
Just cause I happened to be at DAK yesterday (don't look for a TR, there's none forthcoming)...I checked the parks maps, etc., to see what languages they DID have covered. I'll ASSUME that the other Disney parks carry maps/brochures in the same languages.

Sure enough, in the 5 or 6 "foreign" languages, there they were, in German, in the same set of racks as all the others...this doesn't necessarily mean that the woman KNEW of her condition, nor that the warnings would have prevented her from riding HAD she known about them...only that Disney DOES provide non-English speakers with the information they need to decide for themselves...

Even on EE, with the ride MUCH more visible, and the warnings everywhere, still saw a few "protein spills" on the exit platform...


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