France probes boy's paralysis after Disney ride: sources
A 12-year-old boy was being treated in hospital for paralysis Thursday as French authorities probed whether his condition was due to the impact of funrides at Eurodisney, legal and medical sources said.
The preliminary investigation is to establish what caused the Argentinian boy to be paralysed and no causal link has been established between the rides at the Eurodisney theme park and his condition.
On November 23, the child "who was not feeling well, was taken by his father to the Walt Disney Studios' infirmary after having been on three rides, including the 'Tower of Terror'," a Eurodisney spokesman told AFP.
The ride simulates a lift in a hotel that falls and rises over a 199-foot (60-metre) height and is billed as one of the amusement park's top attractions.
French daily Liberation said that when the child arrived at the hospital, doctors noted paralysis in his upper limbs which turned into general paralysis.
The paper quoted a doctor as saying that a scan revealed "serious spinal contusion" and that the boy has been placed on a breathing apparatus.
"Amusement parks can be not anodyne," an unnamed doctor at the hospital told Liberation.
The Eurodisney spokesman said that a doctor at the amusement park had advised the father to take his child to the Necker hospital in Paris, given the "neurological symptoms".
"From there, it's a matter of medical confidentiality, we don't have any information about this child's health," he added.
The paper's Thursday edition quoted the child's uncle as telling Argentine media that the child appeared to be a little better on Wednesday.
The Eurodisney spokesman said the boy's family had not made further contact but that the company was ready to help in any way they could.
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