A mother is furious after some brutal bullies’ playground stunt left her young son with injuries usually only suffered by astronauts. It was so bad, doctors didn’t even know what to do. Outraged, she sent a clear message to those she feels are to blame. She used a graphic video and photos of her boy to do it — and it’s hard to see.
Dawn Hollingworth, 51, was left heartbroken to see what bullies had done to her son on a playground in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. To the mother’s horror, her boy was rushed to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment of severe injuries after being found unconscious in the park near his home. Making matters worse, when 11-year-old Tyler Broome fell unconscious, the bullies bolted.
Little did they know, a nightmare was unfolding, and it was all because their little stunt for laughs went horribly wrong. The incident left the mother not only heartbroken but livid. And, she couldn’t keep quiet. Instead, she took to social media with disturbing video footage and photos of her son, as well as a warning.
Dawn’s son Tyler was left with horrific G-force injuries usually only suffered by astronauts. The injuries were so rare, doctors didn’t know what to do. The medical staff had never witnessed anything like it before and had to do research before they could render treatment, the mother said.
Not only was Tyler suffering blurred vision and bulging red eyes, he also had possible brain damage. “The injuries were so extreme he just looked like [the] elephant man,” Dawn said. “They have never seen it before; they are going to make a medical [journal] report from it,” she added. “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.”
“Doctors say the injuries are the result of being subjected to extreme levels of gravitational force (known as G-force) normally only experienced by pilots and astronauts,” Daily Mail explained. “Medics told his devastated mother the G-force has sent blood and other fluids rushing to the youngster’s brain, which could leave him vulnerable to a stroke.”
According to his mother, the horrific injuries occurred after a group of teens approached Tyler and a friend at the park. Tyler was told to sit in the middle of the merry-go-round. The boy was then spun at high speed using the rear wheel of a motorbike. Dawn believes the “bullies” were recreating the dangerous “Roundabout of Death” stunt often seen on YouTube. In an effort to warn others and send a clear message to any other YouTubers considering doing something similar, the mother shared a video, along with the images of her son after the horrific incident.
Posted by Dawn Hollingworth on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
In the shocking footage, which has been heavily circulated on social media, Tyler appears to pass out, but the teens surrounding him continued to rev the engine of the motorbike powering the wheel, laughing as Tyler was subjected to enormous amounts of G-force. According to a Nottinghamshire police spokesman, police are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, the concerned mother was left waiting by her son’s bedside, hoping the swelling in his brain would subside.
“I don’t recognize my child — he is on the verge of having a stroke,” the devastated mother said. “Tyler sat on the roundabout, and the boy who came over was about 17. Tyler doesn’t know him, they are not friends,” she explained. “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,” she declared.
“The bruises will take four to six weeks but doctors just don’t know how long internal symptoms will take [to heal]. We are just taking each day as it comes,” Dawn said. “I feel so frustrated that there is such a site like YouTube where bloggers get paid for putting such ideas and videos into young children’s heads. There needs to be some discussion about banning these videos after what’s happened to my son.”
Along with the video and photos, Dawn shared her devastation on Facebook, as well as her hope that her son’s attackers would be brought to justice. “A decent young lad who I only know as Liam who lives in Tuxford who entered the park and saw my son laying on the ground ran and called an ambulance,” she wrote first to thank the boy she credits for saving her son.
“My son remains in hospital with the threat of a stroke if his head swelling doesn’t go down to release the pressure,” Dawn furthered, explaining that he wasn’t out of the woods yet, but adding that she knows the situation could have been much worse. “I could [have] easily lost my son tonight and wouldn’t want any parent going through what my family [is] tonight.”
Indeed, the fact that our youth see and do such dangerous stunts is troubling. However, banning things that depict a bad idea won’t stop them from occurring. Instead, we must use this as a reminder of our own responsibilities. We need to have discussions with our children about the things they are going to see online, on television, in a video game, or maybe even in real life. We all grew up with graphic imagery, but we were often reminded: “Don’t try this at home.” We need to make sure we are teaching our children that same lesson now.