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Family Suing Disney After Snake Bites Boy, Great-Grandma Dies

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

An Alabama family is planning to sue Walt Disney World after they say a snake fell on an 8-year-old boy and bit him, leading to a fatal heart attack in his great-grandmother.

The family says the snake bite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom triggered a panic attack in the elderly woman.

Attorney Matt Morgan says the woman was in a wheelchair when the snake bite occurred in 2014 but otherwise was in good health.

He says the non-venomous green and brown snake dropped from a tree.

“When this occurred the grandmother who was traveling with the boy in the park screamed out to her daughter, ‘Your son’s being bit by a snake,’ and started to have what would be a panic attack.”

Morgan later clarified the woman was the boy’s great-grandmother. He says she suffered breathing problems and died two days later of a heart attack at a hospital.

Disney says the allegations mischaracterize what happened.

Amy Green is a reporter with WMFE in Orlando. WMFE  is a partner with Health News Florida, which receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.