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Sharjah boy fighting for life after ride accident

Three-year-old Emirati was hit in head by spinning part during Water Festival

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 December 24, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy the Al Zayodi family
  • Khalifa Obaid Al Zayodi was left in critical condition after he was hit in the head by a ride at the Sharjah Water Festival.

Sharjah: A three-year-old Emirati boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being injured during an amusement park ride in Sharjah last week.

Khalifa Obaid Al Zayodi was struck in the head by a spinning part after he entered the Crazy Fire ride area during the Sharjah Water Festival in Al Majaz Park. He made his way in undetected by ride operators or his family, his father said.

His condition is described as critical by doctors at Al Qasimi Hospital. Al Zayodi has suffered trauma and bleeding in the brain.

Surgeons managed to stop the bleeding and inserted a tube to drain the remaining blood. The child has been put on a respirator, doctors said.

The victim’s father blamed ride supervisors for negligence and has called on authorities to probe safety arrangements at the park.

Police detained a number of company employees and are investigating the incident. The ride apparently lacked a security fence until Thursday, a day before the festival ended.

In a statement, festival organiser Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), the organiser of the Sharjah Water Festival-expressed its deep regret over the incident of the boy who was injured while playing in the play area in Al Majaz Park as part of the festival.

The authority said it stopped the game immediately after the incident and the boy was taken to Al Qasimi Hospital by Sharjah Police rescue team. It is the first incident since the launch of the festival 13 years ago, the authority said it is investigating the incident.

It added that the accident stemmed from a failure to adhere to safety procedures by the rides company. The company failed to adhere to safety conditions stipulated in an agreement with SCTDA, the statement said.

It stressed that the SCTDA has never faced any accidents since its establishment 13 years ago.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 17:22 December 24, 2012

    My special prayers for the little angel. May Allah Subhanwatala cure him from all the pain he is going through and give him speedy recovery, Ameen

    Abdul Raoof, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:11 December 24, 2012

    May Allah be kind enough to this young todler & we pray for his quick recovery. Insh' Allah he will be back to us soon. Moreover, I don't think that there was lack of safety measure. I personaly blaming to the parents about their careless behaviour to their own kid.

    Mohammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:11 December 24, 2012

    parents of this boy should not blamed anyone on this incident, they have to look after their children, we are the parents who is responsible for our kids all the way.

    carla, istanbul, Turkey

  4. Added 15:29 December 24, 2012

    My special prayers for the little angel , May Allah Subhanwatala cure him from all the pain he is going through and give him speedy recovery , Ameen

    Hamid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:49 December 24, 2012

    where were the parents at that time everyone should be equally responsible..

    john, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:13 December 24, 2012

    My sympathies to the family of the toddler, an accident is an accident, 1st time in the history of 13 years, but safety must be of 0 compromise. At the same time parents should also be careful and handle their children very responsibly, children or the todlers would not know the risk and dangers

    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:11 December 24, 2012

    he will be in my prayers. may God make him as good as before he was.

    sabareesh, sharjah, India

  8. Added 13:03 December 24, 2012

    The father of the child should not be blaming anyone except his own bad parenting. When did the onus of child protectorate transfer from the responsible parent to the park attendants? Parents should keep an eye on their children and stop blaming everyone else for their careless behaviour.

    David Niven, Sydney, Australia

  9. Added 12:50 December 24, 2012

    Where were the parents when the accident happened? Who was taking care of the 3 year old child when this happened?

    Anonymous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:35 December 24, 2012

    Apart from the organizers, parents are also equally responsible for this.

    Ahmad, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

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