Man, 27, breaks his neck and will likely be left quadriplegic after diving into foam pit at new Spanish leisure centre
- Tests show that the 27-year-old from Blimea has a complete spinal cord injury
A man who broke his neck and severely injured his spinal cord will likely be left quadriplegic after jumping into a foam pit at a Spanish leisure centre.
The 27-year-old from Blimea in northern Spain sustained the injuries after the accident at a newly-opened leisure and games venue for adults and children in the nearby town of Colloto.
His girlfriend and a group of friends discovered him unconscious and phoned the emergency services.
The man was then taken to the Central University Hospital of Asturias for treatment, but there are fears that he may end up quadriplegic, local news outlet La Nueva España de Siero reported.
His spine had been broken at the third cervical vertebra, or C3, halfway down the neck.
The 27-year-old from Blimea in northern Spain sustained the injuries after diving into a foam pit at a newly-opened leisure and games venue for adults and children in the nearby town of Collot (Stock Image)
He has undergone surgery, but tests show that he has a complete spinal cord injury, which may leave him unable to move his arms or legs.
A complete spinal cord injury means that there is no nerve communication below the injury site, with sensory and motor function lost below that site.
The 27-year-old is currently on assisted ventilation.
The venue remains open but the foam pit has been closed and an investigation into the cause of the accident is being carried out.
The man was taken to the Central University Hospital of Asturias for treatment, but there are fears that he may end up quadriplegic, according to a report
‘The facility complies with all safety measures,’ one of the partners in the establishment told La Nueva España de Siero.
The venue will hand over recordings of the accident for the investigation, but says it was not at fault.
Venue company officials told local news El Comercio: ‘It was not our fault, the installation is good and has all the necessary safety protections. We have hired experts and lawyers.’