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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

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thanks to all who pointed out the TWO body bags... Answers the question I had on the "decapitation". People dont realize that you can be decapitated but still have your head connected to your body, and YES, numerous people have actually survived decapitation. Decapitation is a medical term for when your atlas vertebra becomes separated from the skull. So it doesnt always indicated a severed head. But apparently in this case, it was the case.

I remember reading his father (or mother) was next to him on the ride? How much therapy will he need....like years....many, many, many fucking years of therapy....
It is called an internal decapitation. There are also partial decaps. Take a trauma case from Arizona. Elderly man working on an engine. Fan flies off and cuts his throat. Had a 33% percent partial decap. It's all in the level of cut and mechanism of injury. And yes, he did die days later.

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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

Then you can call any cut on an extremity "A partial amputation".

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Experts have questioned why staff at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas positioned a 10-year-old boy who was killed on the “world’s tallest” water slide in the front of the raft.

Two heavier riders were placed in the back of raft used to slide down the Verruckt ride, where Caleb Schwab was killed. Police confirmed the 73-pound Schwab sat in the front while a woman weighing 197 pounds and another woman weighing 275 pounds were seated behind him.

Mariusz Ziejewski, a professor in the department of engineering at North Dakota State University, told the Kansas City Star that on a ride like the Verruckt, balanced weight distribution should be a priority. Too much weight in the back of the raft could push its front upward.

“You kind of have this catapult upwards,” Ziejewski told the paper. “Maybe this was a contributing factor. That’s not good.”

“The question really is whoever was designing and verifying the rides, in what kind of extreme conditions did they test it?” Ziejewski asked. “We are worrying about what could go wrong. What are the extreme conditions that are still allowable?”

If the back is loaded much heavier compared with the front, the center of mass and the raft’s pivot point would be shifted toward the rear of the raft. And if it were to go airborne, the raft could “pop a wheelie,” with the back remaining low while the nose is pushed upward, the Star said.

“There’s no question that having a light person in front made it worse,” Charles Horton, an aerospace systems engineer from Charlotte, told the Star.

According to the newspaper, Ziejewski also questioned the restraints used on the Verruckt. He suggested a seat-belt system similar to those used in cars. Reports say that a VELCRO-like restraint system is currently used on the ride.

“There is a technology that assures that the [automobile seat] belt is properly functioning or properly engaged with the body,” Ziejewski told the paper. “One of the limitations with Velcro is how it positions, where it is, how well it restrains the person.”

A teacher and friends who knew Schwab talked about him fondly, saying he was very welcoming with new students.

“He just embraced the new kid and was friends with him immediately. He was so quick to include him,” his fourth grade teacher Jeanie Euler told.

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Old 08-22-2016, 02:52 PM
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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

The net was only there because the Kansas City authorities made them come up with some way of keeping people from flying off the ride. Schlitterbahn was apparently ok with people vaulting off the slide to their deaths when they designed the ride. So the net was a hasty and not well designed fix to an obviously dangerous condition.

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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

thing looked super safe from the get go....


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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

That's just so fucking sad. It really should have been a ride relegated to adults or at least 16+; there's just no excuse for ever putting a child on the ride

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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

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This article quotes the witness's wife, who says one of the boy's brothers was nearby and saw the accident. She said the brother was screaming that he'd just seen his little brother die. I cannot imagine the trauma. I cannot imagine the lawsuit brewing.
Safety features should be paramount on a ride like this.
The rides owner will be spending a lot of money soon and it won't just be on safety improvements.

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Then you can call any cut on an extremity "A partial amputation".
*Cue my sarcasm*

No, it would be called a laceration.

Please note that I did delineate that it is the level of severance and the mechanism of injury that dictates whether it is prescribed as a partial decap. Sorta learned that in a little place I like to call med school.....while training to be a trauma surgeon. I think I might have just a wee bit of knowledge about this sort of thingy.

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Re: Child Dies at Kansas Schlitterbahn on World's Tallest Water Slide

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*Cue my sarcasm*

No, it would be called a laceration.

Please note that I did delineate that it is the level of severance and the mechanism of injury that dictates whether it is prescribed as a partial decap. Sorta learned that in a little place I like to call med school.....while training to be a trauma surgeon. I think I might have just a wee bit of knowledge about this sort of thingy.
I know, it just bothers me.

They call a broken neck "An internal decapitation" - even though the skin, muscle, windpipe, throat and arteries are all still intact.

That would be akin to calling a complete bone break of the arm, an internal amputation- since everything is intact, except for the bone.

It just seems a bit over dramatic in the the wording.

Don't mind me.

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