No Defibrillator Available As Florida Man Dies of Heart Attack on Disney’s Expedition Everest Roller Coaster
A Florida Panhandle man died on Tuesday after having a heart attack while riding Walt Disney World’s Expedition Everest roller coaster ride in Orlando. There was no portable defibrillator available to try and restore Jeffery C. Reeb’s heartbeat.
Reeb, a Navarre resident, died of dilated cardiomyopathy. He had a history of heart arrhythmias and had an enlarged heart. He was unresponsive and unconscious when he returned to the unloading area after riding the roller coaster.
A Disney employee and a registered nurse who was visiting the amusement park gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene. It is unclear whether having a portable defibrillator at the scene immediately would have helped. Investigators say the ride was operating properly.
Reeb was transported to Florida Hospital Celebration Health where he later died.
Just last November, Walt Disney Co. announced that it would install 200 more defibrillators at Walt Disney World and 250 more defibrillators on its other properties. Walt Disney World says that as many as 40 lives may have been saved at Disney World, Disneyland, and on Disney Cruise Line Ships since 650 defibrillators were installed four years ago.
There were in fact two defibrillators close to the Everest roller coaster on Tuesday—one was located at a first-aid station just a couple of hundred yards from the Everest ride; another defibrillator was on a mobile cart.
In 2005, a 4-year-old boy suffered a heart attack after riding the Mission: Space Ride at Disney’s Epcot. The boy’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Disney. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.
If you were seriously injured at a Florida amusement park or if someone you love was killed on an amusement park ride because the ride was not working properly or because the amusement park was negligent or careless, you should contact a Florida personal injury lawyer immediately.
Amusement parks are obligated to make sure that their rides and their premises are safe for visitors. The park also must have the proper first-aid facilities to treat visitors in the event of an emergency.
Autopsy: Man died from heart attack on Disney roller coaster, Orlando Sentinel, December 20, 2007
Magical Mountain.net, Heart Attack Cause Of Death On Disney Ride, December 20, 2007
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Accident Watch, Theme Park Insider