A 10-year-old girl has sadly died after begging her parents for years to let her ride a water slide.

The excitement of finally getting to do what she always wanted was unexpectedly too much for her.

London Eisenbeis was finally tall enough to go on the park’s biggest slide for the first time, and as she prepared to “drop” down the 83-metre-long chute, she could barely contain her excitement, The Sun reports.

The little girl had begged her family to go to the indoor water park on President’s Day weekend.

She had waited two years to go on its biggest slide, which has a 122cm minimum height and has been described as ”the most frightening experience ever” by adults.

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Tragically, that excitement proved deadly — throwing the youngster’s heart into an abnormal rhythm as she plunged down the four-storey tube and sending her into a cardiac arrest.

When she came out seconds later, her heart had stopped beating.

London was raced to hospital and put on life support but died nine days after the tragedy at Zehnder’s Splash Village in Michigan, US.

Unbeknown to her family, “very healthy” London had been suffering from the rare and potentially fatal condition long QT syndrome, which can cause serious irregular heart rhythms.

Now her grieving mum, Tina, 44, has spoken exclusively to The Sun about her daughter’s death in February last year in a bid to raise awareness of “hidden” heart conditions and the importance of using defibrillators, something that could have saved her life.

“London looked at her dad, gave two thumbs up and smiled, went down the slide and came out in cardiac arrest,” Tina said. “The excitement threw her rhythm.

Attempts to save London’s life didn’t include the use of a defibrillator – which can reestablish a regular heartbeat via an electrical charge.

These portable devices, which are used to treat patients in sudden cardiac arrest, can analyse the heart’s rhythm and deliver an electrical shock to help reestablish an effective rhythm.

London passed away on February 27 and was laid to rest on March 3 in her special daddy-daughter dance dress, with thousands of people turning up to say goodbye.

Our thoughts and love are with the family x

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  • So sad hopefully they get defibrillators and it saves someone else.

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  • Very heartbreaking.

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  • This is so heartbreaking and I can’t imagine going through something like this. That poor family. RIP

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  • So tragic, I hope the parents don’t feel guilty for letting her go on the slide. I hope she didn’t suffer.

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  • That is so horrible, sad thing was it couldn’t have been prevented long QT kills without warning in most cases

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  • Is this for real?! You can really die from excitement? I would think older people with dicky hearts, yeah, but a young child? I’m shocked

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  • What a devastating thing to happen to at such a young age. Hopefully this tragedy can help raise awareness and save other lives

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  • So tragic and heartbreaking. It’s sad for the family.

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  • Maybe they didn’t have a defribullator or it was too far away in a huge complex and people didn’t know where it was stored. One could have been used until an Ambulance arrived with the Adrenalin iv.

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  • oh my goodness i couldn’t even imagine how this must have felt. I am incredibly sad for them and their loss. I am glad that this has been shared so others can ask the question about their children’s hearts. May London Rest In Peace :(

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  • why the heck wouldn’t they use a defib, even I know it can fix the rhythm and I have no medical training

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  • I’m sorry for the parents. What should have been a wonderful day ended up as a catastrophic event.

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  • How devastating. This is so sad.

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  • Aw this is so heartbreaking indeed ! Who could have known she had this hidden heart condition. I understand that a defribillator could have save her life, but you only carry it with you if you know about the condition. Although it might be something that should be present at water slides like this.

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  • How very awful for her parents. My sympathy.

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