Tragedy struck at an Ohio haunted house park when 16-year-old Christian Faith Benge collapsed midway through a tour. Benge was quickly rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Benge suffered from a previously existing birth defect that led doctors to give her a very low chance at surviving past childhood. She was left with one functioning lung, which sometimes made breathing extremely difficult.
“They said she was like a time bomb,” her grandmother Betty said.
Benge was visiting Land of Illusions Haunted Scream Park in Middleton, Ohio, with more than 100 of her friends and family members. The park offers four large haunted house attractions as well as a chilling haunted trail. Land of Illusions embeds “Live spooks, lunatics and chainsaw wielding madmen” along the way to bring out the Halloween spirit.
While in one such haunted house, Benge collapsed midway through.
“She got halfway through the house and just collapsed,” her grandmother said. “She was almost through it.”
Seeing her collapsed daughter, Benge’s mother quickly performed CPR until more help was able to arrive.
“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,' she said. “She's better off than we are, because of her faith in Christ I know she's home.”
Benge was an active member at Eaton Road Full Gospel Church where she passionately sang in the choir. Her grandparents described Benge to ABC New 5 as being kind, gentle and a loveable person.
“You couldn't find a better kid than she was,” her grandfather said.
Although Benge had been given a small chance at survival by doctors, her grandfather, Ernest Benge, told reporters that her death was extremely unexpected and sudden. While performing an autopsy at Atrium Medical Center, doctors found that a portion of Benge’s heart had swelled to four times the size it should have been.