Tue, 4 May, 2021

Young boy removed from life support after tragic accident with Sea World toy

Young boy removed from life support after tragic accident with Sea World toy

A Gold Coast family has farewelled their six-year-old boy after he was removed from life support following an accident involving a penguin toy.

Deklan Labington-MacDonald became “entangled” in the lead connected to the toy, purchased from SeaWorld, at his family’s home on Anzac Day.

He was then admitted to the intensive care unit at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

But his family was told he was “beyond recovery”.

The family said their goodbyes on Friday, April 30, after Deklan’s life support was turned off while surrounded by friends and family.

“Deklan passed away on the 30th of April, at Queensland Children’s Hospital, surrounded by his closest family, extended family and some close friends of the family,” an update on the fundraiser page dedicated to supporting the family read.

“Please respect the families privacy and grief at this time. Any details of a memorial will be communicated when appropriate.”

More than $15,000 has been raised for the boy’s family and the donations will go towards a “memorial” service.

In a statement following the incident, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the parent company of SeaWorld, said the company was “distressed to learn about the tragic accident involving Deklan”.

“We need to understand the circumstances around what has occurred and will be fully cooperating with any investigation.”

SeaWorld has temporarily removed said toy from their shelves.

Image credit: Nine News

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