Bryson Hurt has worn a prosthetic leg since he was 9 months old

By Alex Heigl
Updated August 03, 2015 02:00 PM
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Bryson Hurt was born with a birth defect that necessitated the removal of his right leg below the knee when he was just 9 months old. He’s been making his way around with a prosthetic since then.

On July 28, Hurt was celebrating his 7-year-old son’s birthday at Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Abilene, Texas. And though he maintained he’s visited water parks across the state, Hurt was informed by one employee that he couldn’t go down one of the park’s water slides because of his prosthetic leg.

“The manager said, ‘I don’t make the policy at other places, and I can’t explain to you why they let you go down their slides,’ ” Hurt told KTXS. ” ‘I don’t make the rules here, but I do enforce them, so you can either abide by them or leave,’ ” Hurt continued, quoting the manager.

A spokesman for the park commented on the incident, saying that “Any apparatus that has metal pieces protruding from it has the legitimate potential of damaging or scratching the riding surface. The next rider will follow a very similar path and have the potential for a very painful fiberglass cut.”

Hurt’s mother, Teresa Cannon, spoke about the incident in a widely circulated Facebook post.

“We spent the rest of this day making excuses to my little grandson while he rode the slides with my husband, as to why his daddy couldn’t ride with him.”

The park then commented on Cannon’s post, releasing a statement that reiterates its stance on the possibility of damage to the rides from prosthetics, though they do add that “No one at Splash Kingdom would intentionally want to embarrass a guest for any reason. Upper management is discussing a better way to handle situations such as these in the future, without creating a potential dangerous situation for subsequent riders.”