Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment a boy climbing on the outside of a ball pit’s winding slide falls 10 feet and splits his scalp open after hitting a metal pole head first on his way down.
The distressing incident occurred inside a shopping centre’s playground in the city of Shenzhen, in South China’s Guangdong Province, on New Year’s Day.
The three-year-old, who has not been named, was captured on a CCTV camera as he climbed onto the 16-foot-high winding slide in the middle of the ball pit where a number of other children are also playing.
His parents were reportedly sitting outside at the time, and neither they nor the playground’s two staff members noticed the tot as he climbed up the slide.
In the video, the boy falls from a reported height of about 10 feet, with the tot hitting his head on a horizontal pole on his way down.
One staff member can be seen carrying the injured boy out of the ball pit, the clip shows.
The boy suffered a severe and bone-exposing laceration to his scalp, which reports said measured some 15 centimetres (6 inches) long.
He was treated at Shenzhen Children’s Hospital and received more than 50 stitches.
The boy was discharged on 5th January, but his parents and the children’s playground named ‘Mingxing Baobei’ are still locked in negotiations over compensation.
Local officials have suspended the playground and are said to be mediating ongoing discussions between both parties, who are expected to reach a settlement instead of taking the case to court.
It was not immediately clear at the time of writing whether the boy risked suffering any long-term brain damage from his injury.
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