Saturday, July 01, 2006
follow up to latest Disney disaster:
(view entire story by clicking on link below):
Boy who died at Disney had heart defect
Kentuckian rode roller coaster
By Travis Reed
ORLANDO, Fla. — The 12-year-old Kentucky boy who died after riding a Walt Disney World roller coaster had a congenital heart defect and there was nothing mechanically wrong with the attraction, it was determined yesterday.
Doctors performed an autopsy on Michael Russell, the son of an Iraq war veteran, one day after he stopped breathing while riding Disney-MGM's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The cause of death was left pending until additional tests are conducted, said Dr. Sara Irrgang, an Orange County associate medical examiner.
"No evidence of injury was found but congenital heart abnormalities were detected, which will be further evaluated," the office said in a statement.
The boy's father, Byron Russell, is a part of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Campbell, Ky., said Maj. Jim Gregory, Special Forces Command spokesman.
"You can't even put words to how devastating this would be," Gregory said.