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Nine-Year-Old Boy With 'Whole Life Ahead Of Him' In Coma After Getting Trampled At Astroworld
Ezra Blount has been put into a medically induced coma after falling off his dad's shoulders during the deadly crowd surge at Astroworld.
A 9-year-old boy is in a coma after being trampled at the Travis Scott festival Astroworld and his family is now suing the performer and the concert organizers.
Ezra Blount has been put into a medically induced coma after suffering severe brain swelling and cardiac arrest at Friday’s deadly Astroworld concert, NBC News reports. The child suffered damage to his lungs, liver, and kidney and doctors hope the coma will allow time for the swelling to go down.
“He's made it very far,” Ezra’s aunt, Taylor Blount, told NBC News. “The doctor the first day told us that he wasn't expected to make it after the day, but it's how many days after, so I know he's fighting in there.”
Blount was sitting on his father Treson Blount's shoulders on Friday when the deadly crowd surge took place. The incident caused eight deaths and injuries to hundreds of concert attendees.
“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,” Ezra’s grandfather told KTRK-TV. “And when he passed out, Ezra fell into the crowd. He was trampled really bad.”
Taylor Blount told NBC that Treston couldn’t breathe and when he woke up he couldn’t find his son.
“He’s a small innocent child — he didn’t deserve that, he didn’t deserve that at all,” Blount's grandfather told KTRK-TV.
While he didn’t call out Scott specifically, the grandfather criticized people involved in the show.
“I’ve seen apologies online that didn’t look sincere from people who participated in that event,” he said. “If you feel so bad why aren’t you down here at the hospital checking on your fans?”
On Saturday, Scott said in a statement that he was “devastated” by what took place on Friday.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family, has filed a lawsuit on the boy’s behalf against organizers of Astroworld, a spokesperson for the lawyer confirmed to Oxygen.com via email.
"The lawsuit alleges negligence in a great number of aspects, including crowd control, failure to provide proper medical attention, hiring, training, supervision, and retention," Crump states. "The lawsuit names Scoremore Mgmt, Live Nation Entertainment, Travis Scott, Cactus Jack Records, and others as defendants. The lawsuit filing will allow independent experts commissioned by the legal team to access the roped-off crime scene at the festival."
The lawsuit alleges that "the defendants failed to stop" Travis Scott’s performance until more than 40 minutes after city officials clocked the mass casualty event's start.
“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” Crump said in a statement, obtained by Oxygen.com. “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.”