WACO, Texas (KWTX) A New Jersey woman whose son died in September 2018 after contracting a deadly brain-eating amoeba at the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort outside of Waco has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the water park.
Fabrizio Stabile, 29, died on Sept. 21, 2018 from an infection that occurs after contaminated water enters the body through the nose.
His mother, Rita Stable, is seeking more than $1 million in damages in the suit filed last week, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The suit alleges that the parks blue-green dyed waters “masked a pathogen soup that allowed the amoeba to thrive.”
Testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Waco-McLennan County Health District and the Texas Department of State Health Services found evidence of the amoeba at the water park in Axtell, the health district announced in October 2018.
"Epidemiologic and environmental assessment indicate that exposure likely occurred at this facility," the health district said.
The amoeba “was identified in the Cable Park, but not specifically found “in the Surf Resort, Lazy River, or the Royal Flush on the day of sampling,” although test findings indicated “conditions favorable for N. fowleri growth,” the health district said.
The park hired a North Carolina firm to install “a state-of-the-art filtration system to make our water in the surf, on lazy river, and at the Royal Flush slide is as clear and clean as humanly possible…working very closely with local, state and CDC,” BSR’s owner, Stuart Parsons, said in October 2018.
Parsons said he expected the installation to be completed by February.
“There are only a few of these man-made surf parks in the country today, but many more will be built. Our goal is to set the highest standard for these facilities. Going forward, BSR Surf Resort will have the cleanest water anywhere in the United States,” he said.
The park’s wave pool, which covers an area the size of three football fields, is attracting surfers from around the U.S. and beyond.
PerfectSwell technology created by the California based company American Wave Machines allows operators to produce ocean-like waves hundreds of miles from any coastline.
The park will serve as the practice facility for the new U.S. Olympic surfing team.