Roundabout of Death: Viral playground 'stunt' leaves 11-yr-old with severe brain damage and on the verge of a stroke
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A dangerous new challenge on the Internet called the "roundabout of death" has left one 11-year-old boy in Britain with shocking injuries that are consistent to those that are normally only seen in fighter pilots or astronauts. He had been urged to recreate the YouTube stunt by some older children were at the park at that time and was found unconscious near the roundabout later on. He has been left with possible damage to his brain as well as his vision. The child had been coerced into sitting in the middle of a roundabout by the older children and was spun around at high speed using the rear wheel of a motorcycle.
LADBible reported that it is believed that the boy suffered from serious injuries because of the extreme levels of G-force (gravitational force) that is normally something only pilots and astronauts experience. It is also believed that the G-force is responsible for forcing fluid and blood into Tyler Broome's brain which resulted in damaging his vision and also giving him eyes that bulged.
In the horrifying video that is making the rounds on the Internet, Tyler looks like he lost consciousness during the ride but the older children don't seem to notice and continued to keep revving the engine. According to Dawn Hollingworth, his mother, the child had been at a local park with a friend when the two of them were approached by older teens including one who had a motorcycle.
The 51-year-old mother said that the group had tried to recreate a stunt from a YouTuber where the rear wheel of the bike is placed againt the roundabout and the bike's engine is used to make it spin very fast. The incident took place on September 13. The devastated mother is now sitting by her son's bedside and praying that the swelling in his brain will reduce.
Hollingworth, who is from Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, said in the post: "I don't recognise 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."
Tyler had to be taken to the Queens Medical Center in Nottingham for immediate treatment for the severe injuries he sustained. Hollingworth claimed that the injuries were so rare that the doctors had to research it before they could start treating the child.
She said: "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 details."
The original video that gave rise to this dangerous stunt has over 7 million views on YouTube and it shows two men sitting in a roundabout in a park while a third man spins it using a bike. The roundabout starts spinning at high speed and one of the men gets thrown off.
Hollingworth wrote: "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. My son remains in hospital with the threat of a stroke if his head swelling doesn't go down to release the pressure. I could have easily lost my son tonight and wouldn't want any parent going through what my family are tonight."
She added: "The bruises will take four to six weeks but doctors just don't know how long internal symptoms will take. We are just taking each day as it comes. There needs to be some discussion about banning these videos after what's happened to my son."
A spokesperson for the Nottinghamshire police said in a statement: "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. If anyone has any video footage of the incident, or was in the area at the time, please call us on 101, quoting incident number 62 of 13 September 2018."