A 4-year-old boy vacationing with his family on the Disney cruise ship Fantasy nearly drowned on March 30. He was quickly airlifted off the ship in critical condition to a local hospital for treatment. The boy, identified as Chase Lykken, was found unresponsive in the “Donald” pool onboard the ship as passengers were waiting to depart from Port Canaveral for the seven-day cruise. However, this was the first of many struggles the family would face.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lykken’s parents are posting updates about their son’s health on various social media sites. One site stated that Lykken may have “extensive brain damage” as a result of the lack of oxygen he experienced while underwater. The family is waiting for test results to confirm this brain injury diagnosis.
“Chase is here with us now,” his father wrote on CaringBridge, a website used to share news and seek support about personal health issues. “Lord, for that I am grateful.”
Your Child’s Safety on a Cruise Ship
Cruise companies geared towards serving families with young children—like Disney Cruise Line does with its famous cartoon characters—have a duty to take all the necessary precautions to help ensure the safety of their passengers. This is the second high-profile accident involving a child being put at risk on a Disney ship that our firm has blogged about this year, but the risk to your health and safety is present while vacation on any cruise line.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious cruise injuries, talk with our cruise injury lawyer today. You deserve justice if a cruise line’s negligence has caused you pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to seek financial compensation if a cruise line was unable to fulfill its duty in protecting you as a passenger. Call (800) 215-7117 or visit our website for more information about cruise ship injuries.
[Tip of the Day: Florida’s Department of Health reports that the state has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the US for children ages 1 through 4.]