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    Girl, eight, is left with ‘horrific genital injuries’ after an accident on Dreamworld’s sister park

    Girl, eight, is left with ‘horrific genital injuries’ after an accident at Dreamworld – as massive lawsuit looms for theme park in the wake of Thunder River Rapids tragedy

    • A young girl has allegedly suffered a horrific injury to her genitals on water slide
    • Eight-year-old’s mother said she was riding the Fully6 slide at WhiteWater World 
    • Parent company Ardent Leisure was just fined millions after Dreamworld tragedy
    • The mother is now suing the theme park for ‘botching’ the emergency response

    A water slide at Dreamworld’s sister park WhiteWater World turned ‘red with blood’ when an eight-year old girl allegedly suffered a horrific genital injury that required two operations.

    Family of the girl are now taking legal action against the Gold Coast theme park just two months after its parent company, Ardent Leisure, was fined $3.6million for negligence following the deaths of four people who were killed on the Thunder Rapids ride in 2016.

    ‘She was just standing on the concrete, blood everywhere. I didn’t know where it was coming from, I was freaking out,’ the girl’s mother Sarah told the Courier Mail.

    ‘The blood was just pouring out of her … she was crying “Mum, am I gonna die?”‘

    A water slide at Dreamworld’s sister park WhiteWater Word turned ‘red with blood’ when an 8-year old girl allegedly suffered a horrific genital injury that later required two operations (pictured, the Fully6 water slide)

    Family of the girl are now taking legal action against the Gold Coast theme park just two months after its parent company, Ardent Leisure, was fined millions

    Family of the girl are now taking legal action against the Gold Coast theme park just two months after its parent company, Ardent Leisure, was fined millions

    Sarah claims that WhiteWater World failed to warn her daughter of the dangers before she went on the Fully6 ride on November 22.

    She said the only instruction riders were given by staff was to cross their legs and arms.

    There was no mention of the potential dangers of wearing swimsuits on the slide, according to the mother from Logan in Brisbane’s north.

    Sarah, who works as a nurse, alleges the theme park also bungled the emergency response to the gruesome incident.

    She said there were no staff members in the vicinity to offer help as her daughter’s body gushed with blood, leaving bloody footprints as she walked.

    The mother claims a staff member simply pointed her toward the first-aid room ‘and just walked off’.

    Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure Group was charged by the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety prosecutor over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids tragedy

    Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure Group was charged by the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety prosecutor over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids tragedy

    The Thunder River Rapids ride was one of Dreamworld's most popular attractions until four  people lost their lives on the ride in 2016

    The Thunder River Rapids ride was one of Dreamworld’s most popular attractions until four  people lost their lives on the ride in 2016

    But when Sarah and her daughter arrived, the first-aid room was unattended and had no phone or information about who to notify or where to get help.

    She then sent her 12-year-old daughter to ‘go and find someone’.

    When a staff member arrived, Sarah said she told her to call an ambulance.

    But the person only called for a first-aid officer after suggesting the young girl may be having her period, according to Sarah.

    ‘I said, “she’s eight-years-old … this is not her period. She’s crying, in pain, bleeding everywhere”. But they didn’t take it seriously.’

    It was about an hour before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

    The child was rushed to Logan Hospital and immediately underwent emergency surgery for a severe vaginal tear. 

    It will be about two months before she will be able to go back to school and doctors told Sarah they are not sure of what long-term effects the young girl may suffer.

    Shine Lawyers, who litigated the massive multi-million dollar legal battle against Ardent Leisure’s Dreamworld, are now pursuing civil action for Sarah and her daughter.

    Sarah said she thought the safety lapses which were blamed for the 2016 disaster had been addressed following a lengthy coroner’s inquiry.

    Kim Dorsett’s children Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, his partner Roozi Araghi, and NSW mother Cindy Low were killed when the amusement park ride malfunctioned, October 25, 2016. 

    Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure were ordered to pay $3.6million in fines after pleading guilty to safety charges over the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy.

    The tragedy unfolded when a water pump malfunctioned causing water levels in the ride to fall dangerously low.

    The victims’ raft collided with another after becoming stuck in the low water.

    It partially flipped, flinging the group into the mechanised conveyor that moved the rafts.

    Pictured: Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld was closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has since re-opened

    Pictured: Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld was closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has since re-opened

    The malfunction was the third that day and the fifth in a week, and no automated shutdown function was installed despite recommendations. 

    Workplace Health and Safety said Ardent Leisure failed to provide and maintain safe plant and structures and systems of work at the Gold Coast theme park.

    The company also failed to provide information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect people from risk.

    In February, Coroner James McDougall referred Ardent Leisure to the Office of Industrial Relations, saying there was a ‘systemic failure’ at Dreamworld in all aspects of safety.

    The inquest also found there had been no thorough engineering risk assessment of the Thunder River Rapids in the 30 years it was open to the public.

    Dreamworld presented itself as a modern, world-class theme park, but its ‘frighteningly unsophisticated’ safety procedures were ‘rudimentary at best’, he said while delivering the inquest findings. 

    Kate Goodchild

    Kate's brother Luke Dorsett

    Kate Goodchild (left) and her brother Luke Dorsett  (right) were also killed in the tragedy

    Pictured: The aftermath of the scene following the fatal tragedy at Dreamworld in 2016

    Pictured: The aftermath of the scene following the fatal tragedy at Dreamworld in 2016

    Roozi Araghi  from Canberra

    Sydney mother-of-two Cindy Low

    Roozi Araghi (left) from Canberra, and Sydney mother-of-two Cindy Low (right) were killed in the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy at Dreamworld

    WhiteWater World told Daily Mail Australia in a statement there thoughts remain with the guest and her family and that they wish her a full and fast recovery. 

    However the theme park claims the girl was given ‘detailed and repeated instructions’ on how to position herself for the slide, including a physical demonstration by a slide operator.

    ‘After presenting to WhiteWater World’s Park Health facility, staffed by a team member who is both a Registered Nurse and a Paramedic, the injury was assessed, and an ambulance was called,’ the statement said.

    ‘The injury was reported to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland by WhiteWater World upon the guest’s admission to hospital and an internal investigation continues.’ 

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