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Iowa teen hurt in fatal amusement park ride accident leaves hospital

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP, KCCI) - A teenager who was critically injured in an Iowa amusement park ride accident that killed his younger brother is finally home after a month in the hospital.

An attorney for 16-year-old David Jaramillo and his family say the teen was released Tuesday from Blank Children’s Hospital, where he was placed on life-support following the July 3 accident on the Raging River raft ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona.

Jaramillo’s 11-year-old brother, Michael Jaramillo, died a day after the accident.

Attorney Ryan Best says David is talking, texting and making phone calls, and has been able to run. But Best says the teen still faces rehabilitation to address balance issues and improve his fine motor skills.

The Jaramillo family attorney released a statement reading in part:

“It is a credit to God’s faithfulness and power that David Junior is leaving the hospital exactly one month after the July 3rd incident on the Raging River Ride took the life of his 11 year old brother, Michael.”

The statement went on to say, “The Jaramillo family continues to investigate the tragic incident as does the State of Iowa.”

The Raging River ride was shut down after the accident and remains closed.

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