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Girl's Recovery Slow After Feet Severed On Thrill Ride

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The parents of a 13-year-old girl whose feet were severed on a Louisville theme park ride say her recovery three months later remains slow.

Kaitlyn Lasitter lost both feet on June 21 when a cable snapped on a ride called the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

"Due to the severity of Kaitlyn's injuries, her recovery time has been extremely difficult, and it appears that it will be like this for a long time," her mother, Monique, wrote in an e-mail to The Courier-Journal.

Monique Lasitter said her daughter is sick from the medications she is taking and her weight has dropped to under 100 pounds.

Surgeons at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee were able to reattach Kaitlyn's right foot. Her left leg had to be amputated just below her knee.

"We never know from day to day if she will be able to keep her food down, but we do know that she will be in pain," her mother wrote in the e-mail.

The Lasitters sued Kentucky Kingdom in July, claiming the park failed to maintain the ride and ensure riders' safety. The family is trying to determine the manufacturer of the cable that snapped. The family's attorney, Larry Franklin, has said further tests were needed to find the maker.

Monique Lasitter said she and her husband "are doing whatever it takes to make sure that the ride that has affected our family in such a horrible way will not be able to hurt another person."

Last month, an event at a Louisville bar raised about $35,000 for the family to help with medical bills and trips to and from Vanderbilt for surgeries and treatment.

Shortly after the fundraiser, Randy Lasitter said they were "overwhelmed with all of the compassion Louisville has shown as a community."

But Monique Lasitter said despite the outpouring of support from
the community, Kaitlyn has actually been harassed by some about her
condition.

"Kaitlyn has had, on top of all this tragedy, a certain group of kids leaving messages on her phone making fun of her condition," her mother wrote in the e-mail.

"This just shows how cruel people can really be, as if she isn't dealing with enough heavy thoughts, these kids decided to burden her with more."

--- Information from: The Courier-Journal, www.courier-journal.com

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