Lawsuit: Girl lost part of thumb in wave pool
GALVESTON — A Humble girl lost part of her thumb in a wave pool’s suction vent while playing at a waterpark in Galveston, a lawsuit claims.
A Schlitterbahn waterpark spokesman had no comment on the allegations, but he said safety is a top priority for the water park.
Serenity C. Davis was playing the Schlitterbahn waterpark, 2109 Lockheed St., on Aug. 25, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Galveston’s 10th District Court by Houston attorney Daniel D. Horowitz.
The lawsuit claims Serenity was waiting near the wave pool’s wall for the next wave when she felt her hand being suctioned into the wall’s vent.
Serenity is a preteen. Horowitz was uncertain of her exact age. Her thumb was sucked into the vent as the wave pool’s current pulled her in an opposite direction. Serenity yelled that she was stuck and other swimmers came to help, the lawsuit claims.
They removed her hand from the vent, but part of her thumb was no longer attached, the lawsuit claims. The girl lost part of her thumb down to the knuckle, Horowitz said Friday.
Icha D. Kerr held her child’s hand above the water, trying to stop the bleeding. Serenity was placed in wheelchair, and pressure was applied to her thumb until additional medical treatment was available, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit accuses the waterpark of negligence in creating a condition that posed an unreasonable risk of harm.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement and physical impairment.