More Disney Drama

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I leave town for five days, and this is the kind of thing that happens…

Our fearless leader Dawn Moseley sent me this link this morning about YET ANOTHER INJURY on Disney property. Figures. I come from a weekend of rain, high prices, and electricity outages, and the first thing I read about is somebody’s near-death experience.

(On the flip side, it would have really really ticked me off to come home to discover that something incredibly awesome happened at Disney in my absence, like somebody was giving away Bucs tickets or Aqualung was performing.)

To be perfectly fair, this is probably a case of media scrutiny gone berserk. It’s like when you were a little kid and you did something wrong, and then your parents yelled at you for every little thing the rest of the day. It’s possible to get dizzy coming off of any ride–even ones that aren’t especially vicious. I had a Tilt-A-Whirl experience at Hersheypark once that makes the Aerosmith rollercoaster look like kid stuff. Who’s to say it wouldn’t have happened to a particularly sensitive person as she staggered off of the teacups at the Magic Kingdom or Space Mountain or something?

However…

The fact remains that this woman really banged her head, and she was unconscious for quite some time. That’s one heck of a concussion. I had dreams of being an NFL quarterback as a child, so I’ve had a few myself. She also had what the sports world would probably call a “stinger” (temporary loss of feeling and/or movement in the limbs). That’s a pretty big deal, you know.

I’m left with two questions here, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get any satisfactory answers.

1.) Under normal circumstances, would this injury have been reported by the media? In other words, if there were not seven dead park guests in the recent past, would this story have hit the news at all? For all I know, Disney has a few bad concussions on their property every year. It’s hard to say where the media bias begins and ends–if there is one. I wish somebody would report the stats on this stuff beyond the sensationalistic last few months.

2.) Was this woman unconscious BEFORE or AFTER she hit the ground? I don’t know how anybody could ever find the answer to this one, because I’d bet anything she won’t remember a thing about it for the rest of her life. That’s just the nature of concussions. If she was still lucid when she lost her balance and fell…well, then, it’s just a fluke case of dizziness that might have hit her anyplace. But if it’s determined that she was already going under before she hit the ground–did she put her hands down to catch herself?–then the fault, once again, lies squarely with Mission:Space.

At this point, I think we all deserve to know.

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(Credit Nick Bark from the flickr Creative Commons for both photos)

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