WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGERY
If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?
It is a common question most grown adults remember hearing from their parents growing up. But for 11-year-old Tyler Broome, ‘jumping off the bridge’ in this case was saying yes to the ‘Roundabout of Death’ — a shocking new playground stunt that left the boy with injuries similar to those seen in fighter pilots and astronauts.
The ‘Roundabout of Death’ stunt consists of one sitting in the middle of the aforementioned roundabout while it is spun at high speed using the rear wheel of a motorcycle.
Broome was found lying unconscious near a playground roundabout soon after the stunt was performed.
He is left with possible damage to both his brain and vision.
The extreme levels of gravitational force or G-Force, is believed to be the cause of Broome’s extensive and severe injuries. At high levels of G-force, fluid and blood pump into the brain, resulting in bulging eyes.
In the below footage, Tyler is seen passed out during the ride but his surrounding friends were unaware of this and continued to rev the engine – furthering Tyler’s injuries.
Tyler and his friends were at a local park when a group of older teens approached them with a motorcycle, according to Dawn Hollingworth, Tyler’s mom.
Tyler was then encouraged to sit in the middle of the roundabout where the entire group attempted to recreate the stunt made popular by YouTube, according to Dawn, 51.
Tyler has since been hospitalized and Dawn, who is from Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, sits at his bedside – hoping the swelling in his brain will go down.
“I don’t recognize my child – he is on the verge of having a stoke. Tyler sat on the roundabout, and the boy who came over was about 17. Tyler doesn’t know him, they are not friends. He puts his motorbike on the floor, gets the roundabout spinning at such a speed. When they all stopped, the group just cleared off – it is bullying.”
After Tyler was found to be unconscious, he was rushed to the Queens Medical Centre, in Nottingham. Dawn noted that the hospital had to research before treating him as the staff had never witnessed such rare injuries previously.
“The injuries were so extreme, he just looked like the Elephant Man. They have never seen it before, they are going to make a medical report from it. His head has completely swelled up, his blood vessels have burst, his eyes look alien. His vision is blurry. You can manage a broken arm but this? He doesn’t remember it, he doesn’t remember the detail.” Dawn shared.
Dawn wrote the following post to Facebook about her son, warning bloggers and parents alike of the dangers of YouTube stunts.
A Nottinghamshire police spokesman shared the following regarding Tyler and the events that transpired that day.
“Police are investigating after a boy sustained serious head injuries at a park in Tuxford Wednesday (12 September). The boy fell off a roundabout in Ashvale Park after a moped is believed to have been used to spin it around. The boy remains at the QMC in a serious but stable condition.”
Police are requesting if anyone has video footage of the incident or was a witness at the event, to call 101, quoting incident number 62 of 13, September 2018.
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