All anybody wanted was a good time. It has been over a year and a half since the family attended a theme park looking for fun in May of 2013, but only now are the full details of the terrible event being revealed in the journal Pediatric Neurology.
As far as anybody knows, the four-year-old was in good health when his family arrived at the park that day. And no one knows just which ride led to the debilitating stroke, the full effects of which were not discovered until days later. All that is known is that something as simple as a rollercoaster ride can lead to a stroke.
The child has made an excellent recovery, regaining his ability to walk and talk, and is showing minimal long-term damage. Not everyone is so lucky. Many individuals who suffer a stroke suffer substantial difficulties for the rest of their lives. Even with this child, there is no way to know what long-term damage might have been done that won’t show up for years and years. And it is not just children who are susceptible to this type of event. Adults also suffer strokes on rollercoasters.
Just how a rollercoaster can result in a stroke is also revealed by the study. It starts the moment the ride begins, and includes:
- The speed and movement of the rollercoaster exerting great force on the individual’s neck, leading to a tear in a blood vessel
- The body attempting to heal the wound, leading to development of a blood clot
- The blood clot breaking free, possibly from additional forces exerted by the same or other rides
- The blood clot traveling to the brain, resulting in a stroke
Again, this child was very lucky to suffer so few negative outcomes. But just getting him back on track for language and physical development took a lot of time and money, neither of which is in ready supply for most people. Please, if you or your child has been injured at a theme park, contact a lawyer to help you get the time and money you need to help you overcome the resulting health problems.