When visiting a theme park, the last thing you’d think of is an eye-eating parasite. That wouldn’t even be in the same ballpark with thoughts of roller coasters, food and fun times.
A Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania man is suing the Kennywood amusement park for negligence after he claimed that he contracted an eye-eating parasite after riding the Raging Rapids water ride.
According to the lawsuit, Robert Trostle and wife Krystsina opted to ride the Raging Rapids water ride, which is supposed to mimic a white-water rafting trip.
At the end of the ride, the water splashes in the riders’ faces. Trostle says the issue began when the water hit his left eye. His eye reddened, became sensitive to light, and itchy and painful, reports the Post-Gazette.
He was initially diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis. Antibiotics didn’t rectify the situation, and on July 14 he was diagnosed with microsporidia keratitis. The suit says microsporidia is a “harmful parasite that eats away at the cornea of the eye,” and alleges it was in the ride’s water.
The parasite is still in Trostle’s eye and although he underwent an “extremely painful” surgery to scrape out the parasite with a scalpel, it reached a “second level” of his eye where surgery can’t reach it.
This has left him with vision problems and discomfort.
WTAE reports Trostle is seeking at least $35,000 in damages.