A six-year-old Australian boy has died of a freak accident involving a stuffed penguin in his home, his family say.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald died last Friday at Queensland Children’s Hospital in south Brisbane just five days after the crash.
The boy had what his family described as a “serious accident” with the toy he was playing with at the family’s home in Nerang.
The family had purchased the toy at Sea World, a marine theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast, Australia reported 9News.
A family member told NCA NewsWire that Babington-MacDonald got caught in a leash attached to the toy.
“It snapped and turned into a long rope with a loop at the end,” the family member told the outlet.
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Babington-MacDonald was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital and placed in an intensive care unit in “critical condition,” according to a My Cause fundraising page set up by the boy’s family.
Doctors later informed the family that the boy was “beyond recovery” and that his life support system was removed within 48 hours. He died on April 30.
The money from the fundraiser will go to a memorial for the boy, and allow his mother, Lauren, to “make an important keepsake with Deklan’s ashes when the time is right,” according to the “Support Deklan” Facebook page. .
“Please respect the privacy and grief of the families at this time,” read an article on the fundraising page. “All the details of a memorial will be communicated as needed. “
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Fox News has contacted the Village Roadshow theme parks, which owns Sea World, but has not received a response. A spokesperson told 9News the company was “distressed to learn of the tragic accident involving Deklan” and “needs to understand the circumstances surrounding what happened.”
The marine theme park has temporarily removed the toy from the shelf, according to the outlet.