A Pennsylvania man is suing a Pittsburgh amusement park after alleging that one of its water rides gave him an eye-eating parasite.
The lawsuit filed this week by Robert Trostle and his wife, Krystsina, in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court claims he was splashed in the left eye by dirty water that contained a parasite known as microsporidia. "Additionally, the Trostles noticed that the waterfall was not operating".
The Trostles claim that Kennywood did not have "adequate policies and procedures to inspect the water being used on the "Raging Rapids" ride to eliminate and/or reduce the dangers posed by microsporidia and ensure it is safe for use", according to the lawsuit.
Robert Trostle was splashed toward the end of the ride, "which is customary for those riding the Raging Rapids".
Trostle alleged that over the next few days after visiting the park his eye was irritated and swollen and on Jul. 5, he was diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. His symptoms worsened, and on July 14 he says he was diagnosed with microsporidia keratitis.
"Robert had to undergo an extremely painful surgery where the parasite was scraped out of the eye with a surgical scalpel, and he was required to remain in a dark room for the next two days", according to the lawsuit. He says he still suffers from pain and blurry vision in his left eye.
The splash led the parasite to embed in Trostle's eye, according to the lawsuit, which alleges negligence against Kennywood Entertainment Inc.
The Raging Rapids simulates a whitewater rafting excursion and opened in 1985, according to Kennywood's website. "There's no other possible cause other than that", said Trostle's attorney, Alan Perer, via telephone.
"Safety is the top priority of everything we do, and that certainly extends to maintenance of the rides and water in the rides", said Nick Paradise, a spokesman for Kennywood, to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
A Kennywood representative told the Associated Press he couldn't remark on pending suit, yet that security of all rides and water are a "best need" at Kennywood.