The parents of a 10-year-old girl who died of cardiac arrest after getting too excited on a water slide are heartbroken.
London Eisenbeis was so thrilled to finally be tall enough to ride a Michigan amusement park’s water slide in February 2018 that she suffered a fatal heart attack, her parents said.
“The last time I saw London, she was smiling at the top of that ride. She gave me a thumbs-up,” her distraught father, Jerry, told Inside Edition.
London had eagerly waited for two years until she was tall enough to go on the slide. It lasted just 7 seconds, but by the time she got to the bottom, London's heart had stopped.
“I really truly believe that London got so excited going down the slide that it threw her into cardiac arrest,” her mother, Tina, said.
“The next time I saw my daughter, she was laying on the floor, her lips starting to turn blue," her father added.
It turned out London had an undiagnosed heart rhythm disorder. After nine days on life support,she passed away.
But her parents think London might have survived if a defibrillator had been used.
London's mom claims water park officials turned down help from a doctor who happened to be at the park and they had no defibrillator nearby.
“They told her that they were highly trained and they didn't need help,” she said.
London's parents have turned her bedroom into a shrine with her favorite dresses, toys, photos, notes she wrote and other memorabilia. They keep a recording of London’s actual heartbeat inside a toy bear.
Now, the family says to help prevent this from happening ever again, they have started a foundation to make sure all parks have defibrillators on hand. They've also filed a lawsuit against the company.
Inside Edition’s calls to the waterpark for comment were not returned.