Gold Coast boy ‘will not recover’ from freak accident with penguin toy
A devastated Gold Coast family has been told their six-year-old boy will not recover from injuries sustained in a freak accident with a toy on Anzac Day.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald was playing with a penguin toy bought from Sea World just days earlier when he suffered critical injuries and was flown to Queensland Children’s Hospital.
His family were today told by doctors that Deklan is “beyond recovery” and his “life support will be withdrawn in the next 48 hours”.
“Devastated doesn’t begin to describe how the family is right now,” cousin Lea Williams said.
In a statement, Village Road Show Theme Parks said it is “distressed to learn about the tragic accident involving Deklan” and that it “needs to understand the circumstances around what has occurred”.
Sea World has temporarily taken the toy in question off shelves and will reach out to the family.
A fundraiser to help the family with costs and a memorial has raised more than $10,000.