Heart Ailment Led to Boy's Death on Disney Ride
ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 15) - A 4-year-old boy who died after going on a rocket ship ride at Walt Disney World had a heart condition that caused his death, an autopsy released Tuesday said.
Daudi Bamuwamye of Pennsylvania died after riding "Mission: Space" in June. His heart condition, which he had had since birth, caused abnormal electrical heart rhythms, the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office said.
People with the condition are at risk of sudden death throughout their lives, the medical examiner's office said, adding the risk "could be increased under physical or emotional stressful situations."
The $100 million Epcot ride, one of Disney World's most popular, was closed after the death but reopened after company engineers concluded it was operating normally.
"Mission: Space" spins riders in a giant centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity, and it is so intense that some riders have been taken to the hospital with chest pain.
11/15/05 12:07 EST