A nine-year-old boy has been put into a medically induced coma after he sustained horror injuries to his lungs, heart and brain in the crush at the deadly Astroworld Festival in Houston.
Treston Blount had his young son Ezra sitting on his shoulders when the surging crowd began to crush audience members at the Travis Scott event last Friday, where eight people died.
Treston was unable to breathe and passed out, dropping Ezra to the ground where he was trampled on by panicked spectators.
Ezra’s grandfather explained to KTRK-TV: “My son had Ezra on his shoulders at the concert and my son couldn’t breathe because of all the pressure that was being applied to him and he passed out.
“And when he passed out, Ezra fell into the crowd. He was trampled really bad.”
The boy is one of some 300 injured at at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld festival, where eight people lost their lives.
“How could this happen in the city of Houston?” the boy’s grandfather, who declined to give his name, went on.
“When we go to concerts and different events, we expect safety and security. All the videos I’ve seen, I didn’t see any security – I saw very little security.”
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Ezra has suffered major damage to his kidney, lungs, and heart as well as swelling on the brain.
“He’s a small innocent child," he added. "He didn’t deserve that, he didn’t deserve that at all,”
While he didn’t name any specific names, he added that the apologies he had seen from people involved in the event “didn’t look sincere”.
Ezra’s family plans to take legal action against the festival’s organisers and has hired Ben Crump, a Florida lawyer best known for representing the families of some of the most high-profile victims of police violence in the US, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Daunte Wright.
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In a statement, Mr Crump said the child’s coma had been medically induced in the hope of alleviating his brain trauma.
“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” he said.
“This little boy had his whole life ahead of him – a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.
"We ask everyone to send up the most powerful prayers they can as this family tries to grapple with the undoable damage that has been done to their son. We demand justice for EB, his family, and all of our clients that left Astroworld with trauma.”
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