A six-year-old Australian boy has died after a freak accident involving a plush penguin toy from Sea World, according to his family.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald died last Friday at Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane, just five days after the accident.
The boy’s family says a “severe accident” occurred with the toy he was playing with at the family’s home in Nerang.
A family member told NCA NewsWire that the boy became entangled in a leash that was connected to the toy.
“It broke and turned into basically a long rope with a loop on the end,” the family member told the outlet.
Babington-MacDonald was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital and placed in an Intensive Care Unit in “critical condition,” according to a My Cause fundraising page set up by the boy’s family.
Doctors later advised the family that the boy was “beyond recovery.” He was taken off life support in 48 hours. He died on April 30.
The money from the fundraiser will go towards a memorial for the boy, and allow his mother, Lauren, to “make an important keepsake with Deklan’s ashes when the time is right,” according to the “Supporting Deklan” Facebook page.
“Please respect the family’s privacy and grief at this time,” reads a post on the fundraising page. “Any details of a memorial will be communicated when appropriate.”
A spokesperson for Sea World told 9News that the company was “distressed to learn about the tragic accident involving Deklan” and “needs to understand the circumstances around what has occurred.”
The marine theme park has temporarily taken the toy off the shelf, according to the outlet.