Calls to close Inflatable World after boy fractures skull

Calls to close Inflatable World after boy fractures skull

A bouncy castle playground in Napier has been shut down after a boy fractured his skull playing at the facility.

The 10-year-old is the second child in a week to be injured at an Inflatable World playground.

Haley Wathey wants Inflatable World shut down after her son cracked his skull during a fall at the Napier branch.

"I want it closed," she says.

Ten-year-old Zaybein Wathey fractured the back of his skull and his temple when he fell through a hole in one of the inflatable playgrounds and landed on his head on concrete below.

He's is now in Starship Hospital. He's suffered from seizures and struggles to stay awake.

"It breaks my heart to see that little boy lying there," says Ms Wathey. "We want him home."

Zaybein's fall came just days after Brendon Rambaud captured a video of his son being sucked into a bouncy castle at the Glenfield branch.

Inflatable World confirmed it had closed the Napier operation.

In a statement, it said: "The safety of children at Inflatable Word centres is of paramount importance to us. As a result of the incident we have closed the Napier operation while we fully investigate its safety procedures and are working closely with WorkSafe. We are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of Zaybein and we are in contact with his family."

But the Watheys are yet to hear this.

WorkSafe says it is undertaking preliminary enquiries to decide if there should be a full investigation into Inflatable World.

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