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09th Nov 2021

Nine-year-old boy in coma after Travis Scott festival crush

His father has set up a GoFundMe to support the child’s recovery.

The family of a nine-year-old boy has said that he has been put in a medically-induced coma after being severely injured during the crush at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.

Ezra Blount’s grandfather Bernon Blount spoke to CNN about his grandson’s condition, and explained that doctors hope the coma will help overcome the brain trauma he sustained.

Mr Blount said: “When my son went to the concert, he had my grandson on his shoulder.

“All the people pushed in and he could not breath so he ended up passing out because of all the pressure that was being applied to his body. And when he passed out, Ezra fell off his shoulder and fell into the crowd.”

Mr Blount told CNN that the young boy has “damage” to his liver and his lungs, as well as swelling on his brain.

He said: “There needs to be accountability, not just from the artist or the event planners, but also from the city of Houston.”

Ezra’s grandfather has said that the family are “devastated because this was supposed to be a father-son outing for them to bond and it has turned into something horrible and tragic”.

The family’s attorneys – Ben Crump of Ben Crump Law and Alex and Bob Hilliard of Hilliard Martinez Gonzalez – issued a statement which read: “The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable. 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.”

A GoFundMe to raise money for Ezra’s recovery has been set up by his father, Treston.

Eight people were killed during Travis Scott’s set at Astroworld over the weekend, while hundreds more were injured. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal crush.