Weeks off school after bouncy castle injury

Weeks off school after bouncy castle injury

A 10-year-old boy left with a fractured skull after falling head-first from a bouncy castle in Napier won't be able to return to school for weeks.

Zaybein Wathey was taken to Starship Hospital in Auckland following the freak accident at Inflatable World last week, which also saw him suffer a 25-minute seizure.

He told 3 News it would be hard missing school and his friends.

Zaybein's doctors also told him he would have to "take it easy" before he could think about playing rugby again.

"It's going to be hard; I'm going to miss my rugby team," Zaybein said.

Zaybein's stepfather, Paul Marjoribanks, said he was improving slowly after only managing to stay awake for a couple of minutes last week.

Mr Marjoribanks said he understood it was an accident, but thought it could have been avoided.

"You don't expect to wrap your kid up in bubble wrap before you go. Inflatable World sounded safe as.

"I mean, he's a rugged boy anyway, but I didn't expect a couple of fractures in the head from a bouncy castle."

Zaybein said he doesn't remember falling but he knows that is why he has to stay at Ronald McDonald House until he's allowed to fly home on Friday.

The incident has prompted calls for all inflatables to have rubber matting beneath them.

Inflatable World has temporarily closed its Napier branch while the incident is investigated by WorkSafe.

It comes just days after another boy was sucked under a bouncy castle at an Inflatable World branch in the Auckland suburb of Glenfield. The incident was captured on video by the boy's father.

A recreational safety expert is warning parents to avoid bouncy castles until there are better regulations in place.

ACC figures show so far this year there have been nearly 400 accidents involving inflatables.

Jack Mains, from the Institute of Professional Engineers, advises parents to keep their children off larger inflatable devices and says strict parental supervision is needed on smaller ones.

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