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    Lou and Nathan, as Disney fans, I am sure you are aware of this.. but, i think this topic may be something you will address or want to address on the next show:

    DISNEY FACING LAWSUIT FROM MISSION SPACE DEATH
    Scott Powers | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted June 13, 2006, 8:00 PM EDT

    One year after a 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy died after riding Epcot's Mission: Space simulator ride, his family has sued Walt Disney World for wrongful death.

    The family of Daudi Bamuwamye sued the company Tuesday in Orange County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages. They say company officials didn't adequately warn the public of the ride's hazards, should never have allowed a boy so small onto the ride, and didn't do enough to help him when he got off unconscious and stricken.

    "They are exposing the general public to a ride whose forces they don't really understand," said Tampa attorney Robert A. Samartin, who is representing Daudi's parents, Moses and Agnes Bamuwamye of Sellersville, Pa.

    Mission: Space spins riders inside a mock spaceship, using centrifugal force, other physical motion, video and audio to simulate a trip to Mars. The ride opened in the summer of 2003 and Disney has said more than 11 million people have been on it.

    In April, a second person died after riding the attraction, a 49-year-old German woman named Hiltrud Bl?At least another 10 have been hospitalized and at least another 130 have been treated at the scene for illnesses.

    In May Disney revised the ride to offer a "lite" version that does not include centrifugal force. But the company has always maintained, and still insists, that the original version is safe.

    A Disney spokeswoman denied all the assertions in the suit Tuesday and offered the family sympathy.

    While on vacation, Daudi, his sister Ruth, and their mother rode Mission: Space on June 13, 2005. During the ride, Agnes Bamuwamye saw her son tense up, scream and then become unresponsive. When the ride ended, paramedics and later doctors at Florida Hospital Celebration were unable to resuscitate him.

    An autopsy by Dr. Jan. C. Garavaglia, chief medical examiner for the district that includes Orange and Osceola counties, found that Daudi died of a heart attack caused by a previously undiagnosed, rare heart disease that gave him an enlarged heart flawed with scar tissue.

    Another autopsy is pending for Bl?though a preliminary report said she had severe high blood pressure and died of a stroke.

    The Bamuwamye family was marking the anniversary of Daudi's death Wednesday in quiet solitude and was unavailable to comment, Samartin said.

    "They are struggling. They have a surviving daughter and they are forging ahead. They are people of deep faith. That helps them," he said. "But it's a day-to-day struggle.

    Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Polak called his death "a terrible loss to his loved ones. We sympathize with them. However, we disagree with the assertions of the lawsuit."

    The Bamuwamye suit accuses Disney of not doing anything to modify the ride or adequately warn the public of danger even though many people have sought emergency medical attention since the ride's inception.

    The family also faults Disney for allowing 44-inch children on the ride, when one national standard, suggested by the American Society for Testing and Materials, calls for a 48-inch minimum for rides of high acceleration. Daudi was 46 inches tall.

    And the Bamuwamyes complain that Disney paramedics did not use a portable defibrillator on him. They say Disney boasts, in promotional materials, of having portable defibrillators throughout its theme parks, and 4,000 employees trained to use them.

    "We're pretty confident it would have given this kid a chance, and possibly saved his life," Samartin said.

    Polak acknowledged that there was no portable defibrillator stationed at Mission: Space. But she said well-trained, well-equipped paramedics handled the emergency response appropriately. She also said the 44-inch height is appropriate for the ride, and that Disney has no reason to change the ride or public warnings that are delivered through multiple signs and audio and video media. They warn, among other things, that people with heart conditions or high blood pressure should not ride.

    "We believe the attraction is safe," she said.
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    Ok.. SO I just read the article that was posted and here are my 2 cents..


    A) Why would you let your 4 yr old son ride the ride. I mean I have nephews that were 2 and 5 when they first went to disney and the only thrill rides they went on were some of the rollercoasters. And trust me the 5 yr old was plenty tall enough to ride every ride in Disney. There just hast to be limits that you set. I mean for me I would never take a child that I would have onto a thrill ride unless they were old enough to make the decision themselves on if they wanted to go..

    B) "An autopsy by Dr. Jan. C. Garavaglia, chief medical examiner for the district that includes Orange and Osceola counties, found that Daudi died of a heart attack caused by a previously undiagnosed, rare heart disease that gave him an enlarged heart flawed with scar tissue."
    If the boy has a disease that was undiagnosed before, and then something like this caused the condition to flare up, how is it Disney's fault? The mother nor Disney knew about the disease so there is no way to protect someone against something they don't know they have. I am sure that if the mother knew about her childs condition she would of never went on the ride with him, but she didnt. It is no ones fault I believe in either death case and I think it is ridiculous that Disney is being sued

    I feel great sorrow for ANYONE that loses a loved one, but if you have a disease that no one knows about and then something aggetates it enough to set the disease off then who can you blame? No one because you didnt know about it. I just think it is down right ridiculous that Disney world is being sued..
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    Here is another thread on the same subject where I posted my comments:

    http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/for...ead.php?t=7193

    Just wanted to link the two together.


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    Yeah I must be dumb, because I don't know...The dozen or so WARNINGS all the way to the ride would have tipped me off to the danger. Plus the repetitive video warnings, and the final warning to chicken out would have been enough to me. I would sue the Dr. not Disney. Sounds like if this kid was on any other thrill ride the outcome would have been the same.
    I feel for the family, but this is definatly a no win situation for them.


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    M:S was not yet opened last I was there so I am not familiar with the warnings or how it is set up. Could this be a language issue? Are the warnings written in different languages? How about the videos?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChipNDale
    Ok.. SO I just read the article that was posted and here are my 2 cents..


    A) Why would you let your 4 yr old son ride the ride. I mean I have nephews that were 2 and 5 when they first went to disney and the only thrill rides they went on were some of the rollercoasters. And trust me the 5 yr old was plenty tall enough to ride every ride in Disney. There just hast to be limits that you set. I mean for me I would never take a child that I would have onto a thrill ride unless they were old enough to make the decision themselves on if they wanted to go..

    B) "An autopsy by Dr. Jan. C. Garavaglia, chief medical examiner for the district that includes Orange and Osceola counties, found that Daudi died of a heart attack caused by a previously undiagnosed, rare heart disease that gave him an enlarged heart flawed with scar tissue."
    If the boy has a disease that was undiagnosed before, and then something like this caused the condition to flare up, how is it Disney's fault? The mother nor Disney knew about the disease so there is no way to protect someone against something they don't know they have. I am sure that if the mother knew about her childs condition she would of never went on the ride with him, but she didnt. It is no ones fault I believe in either death case and I think it is ridiculous that Disney is being sued

    I feel great sorrow for ANYONE that loses a loved one, but if you have a disease that no one knows about and then something aggetates it enough to set the disease off then who can you blame? No one because you didnt know about it. I just think it is down right ridiculous that Disney world is being sued..
    I agree with you completely! I've been sitting here this morning trying to think of a way to say exactly what you said. My heart goes out to them in the loss of their child. But in the times I've ridden M:S, the signs start to get so repetitive that its almost funny. And they do put a sense of "maybe I shouldn't ride this" in some adults because of all the warnings. My kids are 6 and 7, and I haven't taken them on it yet, and I'm not really sure I'll take them on the non moving version either. As a parent, in the end you have to make the call as to whether you think you're particular child can handle it or not. And I know that's not the issue, but the point is just because they are tall enough by ride standards doesn't mean they should ride it.
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    I agree with all of you on here that a 4 year old should never have been on this ride... This will be interesting to see how it plays out... I think this family will be walking away with a lot of money, but this never goes to court...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turkey Leg
    Yeah I must be dumb, because I don't know...The dozen or so WARNINGS all the way to the ride would have tipped me off to the danger. Plus the repetitive video warnings, and the final warning to chicken out would have been enough to me.
    That will protect disney, it was a wise legal move. In addition, Disney did not FORCE the child onto the ride. They ENCOURAGE people to question if the ride is right for them or their child. This action is also the move of a greedy lawyer who probably made a motion towards the family as soon as he saw it. Disney is a well set company and covers many legal holes. Plus, this is follows a line that the lawsuit against McDonalds for making a person fat. And would you take a 4 year old on such say, Rocki'n Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror? Many people think that it will be ok because it is a Disney ride and because it is not a roller coaster or such.

    Now, as everyone else has said, I do feel sorrow for the parents loss of their child. It is sad, and everyone wishes that this had never happened. But this is wrong. They know sure well that there were many warnings. And the thought of suing disney over a disease that was unknown and triggered...it could have been triggered by almost anything. And again, disney covered themselves legally and did not intentionally try to kill the child. Its just frustrating...

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