Marion, teenager injured in fatal park accident, leaves hospital


His brother died in an Adventureland accident on July 3

Marion’s brothers (from left) David, Gus and Michael Jaramillo are shown in this undated family photo posted by family attorney Ryan Best. An accident during a popular boat ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona on July 3 killed 11-year-old Michael and left David in critical condition. Gus was slightly injured. (Family photo / lawyer Ryan Best via AP)

DES MOINES – A teenage boy from Marion who was seriously injured in a merry-go-round accident in Iowa that killed his younger brother a month ago was released from hospital on Tuesday.

David Jaramillo, 16, was placed on life support at Blank Children’s Hospital after the July 3 crash on the Raging River raft at Adventureland Park in Altoona, a suburb of Des Moines. His 11-year-old brother, Michael Jaramillo, died the day after the crash.

Family lawyer Ryan Best said David Jaramillo spoke, texted, made phone calls and even ran to the hospital. But he still faces rehabilitation to address balance issues and improve fine motor skills, among other concerns, Best said.

“I think the family would talk about a miracle,” he said. “The first time I went down there after the accident, I didn’t know if he was going to be okay with it. His prognosis is certainly remarkable.

The Jaramillo family, from Marion, traveled to Adventureland to celebrate David’s birthday. David, Michael, 14-year-old brother Gus, 18-year-old cousin Nyla Pettie and David’s parents Sabrina and David Jaramillo boarded a boat for the ride which has been a staple of the park since 1983. The ride uses a conveyor belt to push the circular rafts through the rapids.

The family’s boat overturned seconds after the start of the trip, the six collided with their heads on the surface below and trapped them in their seat belts underwater.

Parents, Gus and Pettie were able to unbuckle or escape their seat belts, but David and Michael were trapped underwater for about 10 minutes, according to the family.

Adventureland attorney Guy Cook said on Tuesday the crash investigation was continuing.


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