SAN DIEGO -- A Vista woman is brain dead after collapsing during the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Twenty-year-old Kenani “Nani” Kaimuloa was declared brain dead by doctors at a Las Vegas hospital Wednesday night, her father Dane Kaimuloa told 10News by phone. He said they would keep her body alive until Friday so doctors could harvest her organs.
“She touched a lot of people’s lives, always smiling, always willing to help anybody,” Dane Kaimuloa said. “It’s just sad at age 20 she had to die.”
Nani had been to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas before.
“I had no clue what EDC was, what it was all about,” Dane Kaimuloa said. “My daughter wanted to go and I gave her the money to go.”
He gave her $600 to attend the three-night rave at the Las Vegas Speedway. On Monday morning, at the end of the festival, Nani collapsed.
“Her friends are telling me the whole story because I wasn’t there. They were telling me how it happened. [Nani] went off and came back and then she collapsed. She went into convulsions for 10 minutes and they couldn’t find anybody to help them.”
Dane says Nani’s body temperature rose to 109 degrees.
“They were able to get an EMT out there,” Dane said. “Her heart stopped. They brought her back and they transported her to this hospital here in Las Vegas.”
Someone has now passed away at the EDC festival three years in a row.
“I don’t know, I wasn’t there but I was told the watering stations are so far and few to get water in that hot sun, it was ridiculous,” Dane said.
“I had no idea what I was sending my daughter to. It was $600 to go to this thing, for the three days and I paid for her death,” Dane Kaimuloa said.
A spokesperson for Insomniac, a group which runs EDC, sent 10News the following statement:
“Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of the guest who passed away after attending the festival. While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep her loved ones in their prayers during their time of grieving.”
Live Nation, named in a lawsuit, also issued a statement to 10News, reading only, "we do not comment on ongoing litigation."