Tragic girl, 10, ‘dies of excitement’ halfway down 270ft water slide

A 10-year-old girl "died of excitement" halfway down a water park's 270ft slide, an inquest has heard.

Tragic London Eisenbeis had been begging her family to go to Zehnder's Splash Village in the US state of Missouri when she was finally tall enough to go on the park's biggest slide for the first time.

But the ride on the slide would prove deadly, throwing the youngster's heart into an abnormal rhythm as she plunged down the tube.

It sent her into a cardiac arrest and her heart had stopped beating when she came out of the bottom of the slide seconds later.

Talented gymnast London was rushed to hospital and put on life support but died nine days later.

The "very healthy schoolgirl had been suffering from a rare and potentially fatal condition called Long QT syndrome. It can cause serious irregular heart rhythms and her family had no idea.

Now her heartbroken mum Tina wants to raise awareness for the deadly condition following her daughter's death in February 2018.

She wants to raise awareness about 'hidden' heart conditions and the importance of using defibrillators, something that could have saved London's life.

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Tina, 44, told the Sun Online: "London looked at her dad, gave two thumbs up and smiled, went down the slide and came out in cardiac arrest.

"The excitement threw her rhythm. The slide she went down has a heartbeat sound at the top that my husband said made it even scarier.

"Who would have ever thought she would come out the bottom without one?"

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Video footage shot just before tragedy struck shows an animated London with her big sister Eden, showing "no signs" of a heart problem.

The little girl had begged her family to go to the indoor water park.

She had waited two years to go on its biggest slide – which has a 48in minimum height and has been described as 'the most frightening experience ever' by adults – due to her size.

Tina added: "I heard a whistle go off. I was like: 'Oh, there's probably kids messing around.'

"But within maybe minutes I started seeing women looking terrified. One woman was walking with two children, grabbing them.

"She said: 'Somebody's drowned over there.' I kind of got nervous.

"(Her husband Jerry) was looking down and there were sheets up and I knew it was one of my kids.

"It was an awful thing. There were no signs of the condition, she just dropped.

"The day before she had been doing flips in the air.

"She fought for nine days in hospital. Then she gained her angel wings."

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