A six-year-old Australian boy has died after an ugly crash involving a plush penguin toy in his home, according to his family.
Declan Babington-Macdonald died last Friday at a children’s hospital in Queensland, South Brisbane, just five days after the incident.
The boy had what his family described as a “serious accident” with the toy he was playing with at the family home in Nerang.
The family bought the toy at Sea World, a marine theme park located on the Gold Coast of Australia, the Australian 9News reported.
A family member told NCA NewsWire that Babington-MacDonald was entangled in a strap attached to the toy.
“It broke and became a major long rope with a loop at the end,”
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Babington-Macdonald was transported to a children’s hospital in Queensland and placed in an intensive care unit in “critical condition,” according to the “My Cause” fundraising page created by the boy’s family.
Doctors later advised the family that the boy was “without recovery” and that his livelihood had been withdrawn for 48 hours. He died on April 30.
The fundraising money will go to the boy’s memorial and allow his mother Lauren to “make an important memory with Declan’s ashes when the time is right,” according to Declan’s Facebook support page.
“Please respect the privacy and grief of families at this time,” reads a post on the fundraising page. “All details of the memorial will be communicated when appropriate.”
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Fox News contacted the Village Roadshow theme parks that own Sea World, but received no response. A spokesman told 9News that the company was “in trouble when it learned of the tragic incident involving Declan” and “must understand the circumstances of what happened.”
The Marine Theme Park has temporarily removed the toy from the shelf, according to the exit.