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Officials Say Boy Hurt on Ride Has Brain Damage

October 27, 2000

ORANGE — Brandon Zucker, the 4 1/2-year-old boy injured last month at Disneyland, suffered brain damage and will most likely be moved to a long-term care facility, hospital officials said Thursday.

The boy from Canyon Country in northern Los Angeles County remains in a coma at UCI Medical Center in Orange after the Sept. 22 accident.

The boy was trapped for an estimated 10 minutes in a narrow space underneath a ride car at Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, according to new information released Thursday by the Anaheim Fire Department. It is not clear exactly how much time Brandon went without oxygen while trapped under the ride, but when he was pulled out he had no pulse and was not breathing.

When Anaheim paramedics reached him, Disneyland firefighters and maintenance personnel had freed the boy by removing the floorboards from the ride car. A Disneyland nurse was giving the boy CPR. Anaheim paramedics took over and opened the boy's airway. Brandon had been pinned, folded in half with his head resting on his knees.

State investigators continue to look for the cause of the accident.

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