All London Eisenbeis wanted to do was ride the Super Loop Speed Slide at Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Michigan. And at ten years old, she was finally old enough (and tall enough) to do it.
But in a tragic turn of events, Eisenbeis went into cardiac arrest while riding the four-story slide for the first time.
An undiagnosed heart condition called Long QT syndrome that causes abnormal rhythms. Medical professionals said the girl’s excitement caused her heart rate to spike, triggering the event.
London’s mother, Tina Eisenbeis said there were “no signs of the condition,” noting that her daughter was an active athlete as well as a gymnast.
“There were no signs of the condition, she just dropped. You never know when it’s going to happen. You never think it’s going to happen to you and this is not a club you want to be part of.”
The incident took place on February 18, 2018, over Presidents’ Day Weekend. In the time since, the Eisenbeis family established London Strong, a non-profit foundation that offers small-cost CPR/AED training classes and provides defibrillators to communities in an effort to save lives.
Tina Eisenbeis says her daughter did not receive medical assistance via a defibrillator and believes it could have saved her daughter, who held on for nine days before dying at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Michigan.
“You have to respond, you don’t have time to wait. I think people are afraid of defibrillators, but they’re very easy to use. They’re what is needed to bring back the rhythm.”
A video of London’s last day, taken just before she got on the slide, exists.
The footage shows she was clearly excited that she had finally met the slide’s height requirement.
It’s not known if Zehnder’s Splash Village has since added defibrillators to their water parks according to People, and representatives for the park did not respond to requests for comment before the story went to print.
The Eisenbeises have since sued the park.
Their lawsuit claims “employees weren’t properly trained to handle the emergency; they didn’t call 911 quick enough and did not administer a potentially life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machine located nearby” according to one report.
The lawsuit claims employees weren't properly trained to handle the emergency; they didn't call 911 quick enough and did not administer a potentially life-saving AED machine located nearby for London Eisenbeis, who died of a cardiac episode.— KTVU (@KTVU) May 2, 2019
Condolences have continued to pour in for the family since the girl’s death.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of London Eisenbeis on their tragic loss. https://t.co/aUK3tBnxLY— SCA Foundation (@youcansavealife) May 1, 2019
February 27th in honor & memory of GB student London Eisenbeis, the #LondonStrong Foundation invites you to wear blue and "be the reason someone smiles". 💙 There will be cards dispersed throughout the community and schools. #kindness #wearblue #blueout #aedawareness pic.twitter.com/zOecdS6I0O— GrandBlancSchools (@GBCSBobcats) February 23, 2019
“Be the reason someone smiles.” ~London Eisenbeis— Jen (@jenoradio) July 26, 2018
In memory of our son’s classmate, the first annual #londonstrong5k #run #walk Not bad for my first #race in two months 👍🏻 #running… https://t.co/Z93urMlUSP
Registration is currently open for the 2nd Annual London Strong “Set Your Dreams” Run/Walk, proof that London, who her parents described as a playful child that loved to be the “center of attention,” and her legacy live on.