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Teen critical after heart attack at Disney World

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A 16-year-old British tourist suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday after riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney World in Florida, a month after a four-year-old boy died after riding another Disney World attraction. Leeanne Deacon of Kibworth, England, was rushed to a hospital and into surgery after getting off the ride and telling her mother she did not feel well, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. She was listed in a critical condition at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, near Disney World, said hospital spokeswoman Melanie Trivento, who would not divulge the nature of the ailment due to patient confidentiality rules. Sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said Leeanne went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by rescue workers. He said he did not know the nature of the ailment, which required the attention of a neurosurgeon. "The ride has been closed awaiting more information," Disney World, a unit of the Walt Disney Company said in a statement. "The Orange County Sheriff's Office concluded an initial investigation and found no indication of a ride malfunction." AdvertisementOn the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios, riders rise 13 storeys in an elevator and then take a plunge. The ride's website warns that users should be free of high blood pressure, heart, back and neck problems and says expectant mothers should not ride. Homicide investigators looked into the incident and determined the ride appeared to be working correctly, Mr Solomons said. "We're satisfied that at this initial stage ... maybe there was some sort of medical issue," he said. "We're satisfied that they [Disney] did everything right. People come off thrill rides all the time in various states of queasiness." On June 13, Daudi Bamuwamye, 4, of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, died after riding Disney World's Mission:SPACE at Epcot Centre. The $US100 million ($133 million) ride uses centrifugal force to create the sensation of a rocket launch. Reuters

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