After Amusement Park Accident, Doctors Remove Part Of Injured Girl's Leg

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Doctors removed 1½ inches of bone from
the end of the left leg of a 14-year-old girl injured last summer
when an amusement park ride malfunctioned and amputated her feet.

Kaitlyn Lasitter will not walk again for at least five weeks
after undergoing her fourth amputation surgery since the June 21
accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, said her
mother, Monique Lasitter.

Surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,
Tenn., performed the surgery over the weekend after the bone had
grown through muscle tissue and began pushing on the skin, Monique
Lasitter said.

"She had been up and going," but now she is in "serious,
intense pain," Monique Lasitter said.

Kaitlyn and her parents have sued Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom,
claiming the park failed to maintain the Superman Tower of Power
ride and equipment and ensure riders' safety. In court filings, the
amusement park has denied liability in the accident.

Doctors reattached Kaitlyn's right foot, but she had to have
some of her left leg amputated.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement
park rides, is awaiting tests on a cable from the ride to determine
what caused it to snap. Once the tests are complete, the
Agriculture Department plans to release its findings about the
accident.


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