9-Year-Old in a Coma With Brain Swelling After Astroworld Tragedy

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A 9-year-old boy is in a coma due to brain swelling after attending the Astroworld concert with his father, who was also injured at the tragic event.

It comes after nine festival-goers were killed and many others injured at the festival on Friday.

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The tragedy occurred at the opening night of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas.

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Nine people tragically died at the festival with hundreds more injured after a crowd surge took place.

Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in for those who lost their lives…

The crowd surge began around 9 PM on Friday during the rapper’s headline set at the site of the former Houston Six Flags park.

Crowds are said to have pressed towards the front of the stage as the rapper performed, causing panic to break out.

As the crowd surge grew, crushing began and people started to get injured, the BBC reports.

An estimated 50,000 people were in attendance for the 2-day festival, which has since been canceled.

Around 300 people were treated for injuries such as cuts and bruises.

And sadly, nine people lost their lives during the incident.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite, told the Associated Press that they “had several people down on the ground.”

“Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,” he said. “And so we immediately started doing CPR, and moving people right then, and that’s when I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to end early in the interest of public safety.”

An attendee of the festival told KHOU that if “you didn’t jump, you would fall.”

“In the front, there was a lot of jumping. If you didn’t jump, you would fall and get trampled on, definitely. The crowd is pushing back and forth. If you were even a little tired, you were going to fall.”

After the events of the festival began to emerge, Travis Scott issued a statement.

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In the statement, he claimed he was “absolutely devastated” by the incident and that the police looking into it have his “total support.”

“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” he wrote.

“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”

Scotts’ partner, Kylie Jenner also issued a statement about the festival in which she defended Scott.

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In the statement, Kylie said she wanted to make it clear that they “weren’t aware of any fatalities” until “after the show.”

“I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted,” she said.

“And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community, I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show, and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”

Some are holding Travis Scott somewhat accountable for the tragedy.

As many believe he should have stopped the show.

It was also revealed that a 9-year-old boy was among those injured at the festival.

The boy, named Ezra Blount by the New York Post, is said to be in a medically induced coma.

Blount was attending the festival with his dad and was sitting on his shoulders when the surge began, the outlet reports.

His dad couldn’t breathe due to the pressure and passed out, meaning Ezra fell into the crowd.

Ezra’s grandfather told KTRK-TV: “My son had Ezra on his shoulders at the concert and my son couldn’t breathe because of all the pressure that was being applied to him and he passed out.”

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“And when he passed out, Ezra fell into the crowd. He was trampled really bad.”

When Ezra’s dad came round, his son had been taken to the hospital as he’d suffered a cardiac arrest.

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His grandfather then told ABC 13 that Ezra “was listed as a John Doe because nobody knew his name and the father was still at the venue in the medical facilities.”

His grandfather informed KTRK-TV that Ezra is in a coma.

He is said to be suffering from brain swelling and has damage to his kidney, lungs, and heart.

“How could this happen in the city of Houston? When we go to concerts and different events, we expect safety and security. All the videos I’ve seen, I didn’t see any security, I saw very little security,” he questioned.

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“He’s a small innocent child, he didn’t deserve that, he didn’t deserve that at all.”

Ezra’s family has hired attorney Ben Crump, who is known for representing George Floyd’s family.

The outlet reports that Crump said Ezra’s coma has been medically induced to help combat his brain trauma.

In a statement he said: “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.”

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“We ask everyone to send up the most powerful prayers they can as this family tries to grapple with the undoable damage that has been done to their son. We demand justice for EB, his family, and all of our clients that left Astroworld with trauma.”

Now, Blount’s heartbroken father has spoken out.

Speaking about the events leading up to the festival, Blount said to  ABC 13 Houston:
“He was stoked. He was ready to go. When I found out that he was a big fan [of Travis Scott], I was like, ‘Oh yeah, we gotta go, we gotta go see Travis live.'”

They purposely stayed towards the back of the crowd.

The doting father continued:
“We were in the back, way in the back, and I figured, ‘Okay, this is cool,’ ’cause the front can get a little wild.”

But then tragedy struck and both father and son were injured.

The father recalled:
“I could tell that he was damaged,” he said. “I’m not ready to lose my boy at all.”

“We still got a bunch of living to do… That’s my boy.”

So heartbreaking. Let’s hope Ezra makes a full recovery.