A 9-year-old boy is fighting for his life at Texas Children’s Hospital after attending the Astroworld Festival on Friday with his father, who lost consciousness during a crowd surge.
Ezra Blount was among the hundreds of concertgoers hospitalized during the stampede at the Travis Scott show. Eight others have already been confirmed dead.
The boy traveled from his mother’s home in Dallas to see one of his favorite artists with his dad, Treston.
The boy is currently in a medically induced coma, with damage to his internal organs, including his lungs, kidney, and heart, the family said. Doctors said the boy went into cardiac arrest, which caused his brain to swell.
“We’re suspecting he was trampled,” said grandfather Bernon Blount, who lives in Humble.
A hospital spokesperson said they could not provide details on the boy’s condition.
Treston said he passed out while holding up Ezra so he wouldn’t be crushed. When he came to at the venue’s medical tent, his son had been admitted to an area hospital as a John Doe.
‘Due to his severe injuries which are swelling in the back of brain damage and trauma to nearly all organs we are certain that he was trampled and is still in induced coma,’ Treston wrote on a GoFundMe initiative for his son, which has raised nearly $7,000 in just three hours.
Treston is a huge Travis Scott fan, with an Astroworld graphic as his Facebook cover photo and even an Astroworld tattoo on his forearm. Now, though, he and his family are looking for answers – and Travis Scott’s apologies thus far haven’t cut it.
‘I’ve seen apologies online that didn’t look so sincere from people who participated in the event. If you feel so bad, why don’t you go to the hospital to check on your fans? Why would you keep letting concerts be this way and let people get injured?’ Ezra’s grandfather, Bernon Blount, told ABC13.
‘Nobody should get injured to make a dollar – nobody should have to lose their child, their grandchild to make a dollar. safety should have been provided for their fans.’
The boy’s grandfather said that the boy was injured so severely at the event that he went into cardiac arrest.
‘If the mayor said there was 500 policemen there, I didn’t see 500 policemen,’ he said. ‘When the event said there were 700 security, I didn’t see 700 security – I saw children running through their gates trampling each other, that’s what I saw.’