Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in California causes uproar over girl with rare skin disease

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Savannah Fulkerson, 11, has a rare disorder called Erythropoietic Protoporphyria, which is a disease that causes the skin to have a painful reaction to light.

“It feels like lava is being poured on you,” Savannah said. “It hurts and you just want to curl up in a ball and cry.”

Savannah and here family were heading out to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Magic Mountain for a day of fun when the girl was turned away from several slides due to the clothing she has to wear to protect her from the sun.

Savannah broke into tears after hearing the news that she would not be allowed to ride some of the slides at the park.  She pointed out that guys wear board shorts on water slides and they are just as loose.

The park eventually allowed Savannah to ride certain slides with a tube.

The park said this in a statement:

“T-shirts and surf/rash shirts are not allowed on body slides. All other attractions were available to the family. The family chose to stay in the park after discussing the situation with our park supervisor.”

The Fuklersons received free inner tube rentals from the park but they say they do not plan on returning to Hurricane Harbor after this experience.

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via CBS Los Angeles


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