Eight-Year-Old Dies After Theme Park Emergency in Florida

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A tragic event involving a small child unfolded earlier this week at a popular theme park in Orlando, Florida, with more details now being released.

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Eight-year-old Stella Quinn Dupont collapsed and went into cardiac arrest last week while she and her family were visiting SeaWorld in Orlando. The Orlando Fire Department responded quickly and was able to resuscitate Stella. After being resuscitated, Stella was then taken to the Emergency Room at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

Despite being resuscitated, Stella remained unresponsive during this time. Shortly after Stella was transported to the emergency room, Doctors discovered that Stella had spontaneous bleeding around her brain stem. This meant blood was not properly flowing to her brain.

Following this discovery, Stella was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

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The Orlando area is notorious for its wide collection of theme parks and resorts. Within miles of each other, guests will find the Universal Orlando Resort, which houses both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, as well as Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND, and SeaWorld. The Walt Disney World Resort is home to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT, as well as two water parks and Disney Springs.

The Walt Disney World Resort has been at the center of a lot of tragic events recently as well, with certain guests filing lawsuits against The Walt Disney Company following injuries sustained while inside the theme parks.

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Unfortunately, despite the hard work of multiple professionals and the first responders who first cared for Stella, she passed away. This incident took place on October 17, 2023. You can learn more about Stella by visiting this website.

A GoFundMe was started shortly after the incident took place in order to help Stella’s family during this difficult time. At the time of publishing this article, the fundraiser has raised over $80,000 dollars.

This incident reminds us that even at magical places such as theme parks, the worst tragedies can still break out. Our thoughts go out to Stella’s family, and we are so glad they’ve been able to gain the support of so many people following this tragic accident.

Stay tuned here at Inside the Magic for the latest theme park news updates. 

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