Boy, 12, cheated death after falling out of funfair ride and breaking both legs

A mother claims her son nearly died when he reportedly fell out of a funfair ride, breaking both of his legs.

Theo Shaw, 12, was left 'scarred for life' after allegedly slipped out of the 'Extreme' ride in Brockwell Park, near Brixton, London.

His mother Aileen O'Brien has slammed Lambeth Council for failing to shut down the fair following her son's ordeal on Tuesday, My London reports.

Only four days earlier, on Friday, August 23 at just before 4pm, a man was taken to hospital from the same funfair, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed.

A fellow fair-goer claimed the man was a funfair employee who suffered a cardiac arrest on a waltzer ride.

Aileen said her son could have died and has "broken two legs and his arm and has a massive gash on his forehead", adding that he will be "scarred for life".

"He's going to have surgery tomorrow and he will not be able to walk for eight weeks," she continued.

"I do understand accidents happen but children should be able to go on rides without getting hurt.

"I can't believe it's open today, they [Lambeth Council] should close the whole thing down.

"There is clearly a problem with health and safety across the board."

Aileen says she was told by her son's friends, who were with him at the time of the incident, that the restraint had failed to come down properly and that one of his friends had tried to grab onto him while screaming for the ride to stop.

Theo allegedly started slipping out as it span round, with staff not becoming aware he was in trouble until he fell from the ride.

A spokesperson for Lambeth Council  onfirmed earlier today that the ride in question had been closed but that the funfair was currently still open.

They added: "We are aware of this incident and wish the teenager a speedy recovery.

"We are working with the HSE [Health and Safety Executive] and the police to investigate the cause of this incident, and to determine what action needs to be taken."


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