By Bradford Betz

A six-year-old Australian boy has died after a freak accident involving a plush penguin toy at his home, according to his family.

Deklan Babington-MacDonald died last Friday at Queensland Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane just five days after the accident.

The boy had what his family described as a “severe accident” with the toy he was playing with at the family’s home in Nerang.

The family had bought the toy at Sea World, a marine theme park located on Australia’s Gold Coast, Australia’s 9News reported.

Deklan’s family is beyond devastated, according to a loved one. Credit: MyCause

A family member told NCA NewsWire that Babington-MacDonald became entangled in a leash connected to the toy.

“It broke and turned into basically a long rope with a loop on the end,” the family member told the outlet.

Deklan, who was just about to start his second term of grade one, has been described as a ‘gorgeous boy’ who could light up a room

Babington-MacDonald was airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital and placed in an Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

Doctors later advised the family that the boy was “beyond recovery” and his life support was withdrawn in 48 hours.

Fox News has reached out to Village Roadshow Theme Parks, which owns Sea World, but did not hear back.

A spokesperson told 9News that the company was “distressed to learn about the tragic accident involving Deklan” and “needs to understand the circumstances around what has occurred.”

The marine theme park has temporarily taken the toy off the shelf, according to the outlet.




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