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Probe into Disneyland Paris after boy paralysed

Published: 09 Dec 2011 11:28 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Dec 2011 11:14 GMT+01:00

A 12-year-old Argentinian child has been left paralysed from the neck downwards after taking several rides at Disneyland Paris. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the boy’s spinal cord was damaged at the amusement park.

In November, twelve-year-old boy Bautista Riera was rushed to a Paris hospital after taking several rides at the Disneyland amusement park. Paralysis quickly spread to his limbs and X-rays show he had suffered "a spinal and bone contusion", UK daily the Guardian reports.

At the amusement park, Riera had been on several rides including one of the scariest the freefall Tower of terror.

Paris prosecutors say they are simply investigating "the causes of the lesions" and do "not suspect anybody", the daily Le Parisien reports. Police are leading the investigation and will have access to the child’s medical file.

Bautista is still at the Necker hospital in Paris and is on respiratory support. His parents say he was in "very good health" before coming to Paris and played rugby, basketball and practised martial arts.

Disneyland management says the park’s rides are tested on a daily basis and staff have not noticed any faults.

At the time of writing, no complaint had been filed against Disneyland Paris.

Clea Caulcutt (news@thelocal.fr)

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