Boy dies on Rock N' Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM
News just broke that a 12-year-old boy died on the Rock N' Roller Coaster
at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Walt Disney World. The boy was declared dead while en route to Celebration Hospital after the 11:30 am (ET) incident. Park officials said the ride was operating normally, but the boy was not responsive when his train returned to the station.
Update: Authorities have identified the boy as Michael Russell, 12, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Information released at a press conference said that the boy appeared in good health and had not complained about being sick before the ride.
Update 2: The boy had a congenital heart defect, discovered during an autopsy on Friday. Additional tests will be performed to confirm the exact cause of death. The boy's father, Byron Russell, an Iraq War veteran who was part of the 5th Special Forces Group from Fort Campbell, Ky., performed CPR on his son until paramedics arrived.
Is this the start of another bad year for Disney?
Bright side.....at least we can expect low lines on RNRC for a while. Its a shame, but the ride will be blamed for the death when this really screams pre-existing condition.
Notice that the incident happened at 11.21am but it was noted in the 911 call report that there was no defibrillator available until rescue workers arrived about 11:26 a.m.?
Sad. Time will show that the boy had a pre-existing condition that led to his death, but it is still very very sad. A trip to WDW should be a highlight in every childs life, not the end of it. I'm sure that the bottom feeders (lawyers) are out in force for this one. My heart and prayers go out to the family.
I have no idea what the training requirments at WDW are, but one possible explanation for the absence of the defib could be the lack of a trained responder. The defib may have been there, but no one was trained to use it. Also, CPR standards change on July 1st, meaning all AED's (the portable defib's they would use) need to receive software updates. The defib may have been out for reprograming, though it should have been replaced with a working one in the meantime.
I can't believe another death has occured at WDW, worst of all, its another kid, condolences to the family of course. As someone else said, going to WDW is supposed to be a fun time for a kid and its very depressing and unfortunate that this happened.
People at disney can only do so much. And at any park for that matter. If a person is not responsive the best thing to do is get them to a hospital STAT. It did not say the kid was in cardiac arrest, it didnt say that he was convolting or showing any signs of seizure. Unresponsive means kind of just sitting there, ya know, not responding. Why would you go in and put a few thousand volts into his body if his heart was working? Its possible, though unlikely that he suffered head trauma of some sort when the ride took off. Wait for the reports before you start saying what a park needs to do, and how inadequate they are. That may be the case, but lets wait until reports come in first. Innocent until proven guilty people.
How can they blame the ride ? Wouldn't the other riders die too ? Thousands of people must ride this thing daily if it were unsafe there would be deaths everyday... but rest assured a multimillion dollar lawsuit is pending.... I wonder how much of the face ticket price for admission is for liability insurance ? Does Disney self insure ? It sure would explain the high prices...
I heard that the mother admitted the boy was in poor health before he got on....is this true? Has anyone else heard this?
As another commented, time will show the young man had a pre-existing condition that caused his death. The coaster by no means is the wildest out there. The lack of an AED was explained well by another reader. You have to be certified to use it and recertify every 90 days. I would imagine it would be extremely difficult to certify everybody.
First of all...my heart also goes out to the family of this little boy...I rode this ride this past Monday with my two(2) boys ages 10 & 12 and can not imagine what these folks are going thru at this time.....Just a few medical comments related to past posts...#1) You do not have to be recertified on the AED every 90 days...CPR/AED certification is good for either 1 or 2 years depending on whether you use American Heart or American Red Cross...and it also depends on the particular training center #2) Yes there are new standards out relating to CPR/AED but it is up to individual states as to how they will be followed...they are standards...NOT laws 3#) AED are designed to be used by non-medical folks in an emergency...the AED gives you directions as to the placement of the pads and walks you thru the steps for use...THERE IS NO WAY TO SHOCK A VICTIM WITH A NORMAL RHYTHM....the AED will only shock victims that are in certain rhythms....BTW, I am a Nationally Registered EMT-B and have been involved in the Fire/EMS service for 26 years
Whats happening to Disney? A Curse?
Well the thing is that people need to think a little more about their health or Disney needs to put more warnings. It was not exactly the rides fault. This is not Disney's year so far. And one more thing is that Disney is visited more than any more theme park, so the odds are more people dying at Disney than other theme parks. I don't what else to say other then, people need to use their brains.
Just received a CNN Breaking News e-mail on this. The preliminary autopsy report shows no injury and a congenital heart defect. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I think we are seeing a combination of four factors. First, people have become desensitized to disclaimers. Last week I saw a sign in the bathroom saying "Floor may become slipepry when wet". We have become hyper-legalized where everything must be disclaimed in order to prevent lawsuits. Therefore, we don't pay attention anymore.
I gotta agree with James.
If anyone's interested, here's a link to a MSNBC article about the accident, it also mentions the other deaths that happened at WDW in the last 6 years. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13619186/
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