The family of a six-year-old Gold Coast boy says he has died in hospital after being allegedly severely injured on Anzac Day by a toy purchased from Sea World.
According to a crowd-funding page, Deklan Babington-MacDonald’s life support was turned off at the weekend, after doctors told his family his injuries were “beyond recovery”.
The boy had allegedly been playing with a toy purchased from Sea World at his Nerang home on Sunday April 25, when his mother found him unresponsive.
According to the fundraising page, the family performed CPR on the boy before he was rushed to the Queensland Children’s Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.
The six-year-old remained on life support from Sunday until Friday, when his life support was turned off by doctors.
According to the page, he died “surrounded by his closest family, extended family and some close friends”.
“They [the family] are reading the beautiful messages of support and love, and appreciate all the kindness and donations,” Deklan’s aunt wrote.
She said a memorial would be organised for Deklan in the near future.
In a statement issued last week, Village Roadshow Theme Parks said it had removed the toy in question from sale.
A spokesperson said it was a “plush-toy walker”, which looks like a penguin wearing a harness, attached to a lead or stick.
Village Roadshow said it would fully cooperate with all investigations into the matter, and was distressed to hear of the accident.
“We need to understand the circumstances around what has occurred,” the statement said.
“As our number one priority is always health and safety, we have removed the toy in question from sale at this time.
“We will also be reaching out to Deklan’s family to offer support.”
According to the spokesperson, while the toy is no longer for sale, a full investigation will need to take place before it is entirely recalled.
The fundraiser for Deklan’s family has so far raised almost $15,000.
Queensland Police said it was not treating the boy’s death as suspicious.
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