A six-year-old boy has died of “serious” injury after playing with a Sea World penguin on a leash toy.
Deklan Babington-MacDonald of the Gold Coast, Queensland tragically died in hospital on Friday surrounded by his close family.
Relatives said he suffered a “serious” injury on April 25 while playing with the toys he received from the theme park days before the incident.
He was reportedly found injured by his mother, Lauren, before family members performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived.
The toy has been taken off sale as the theme park investigates.
A Fundraising Page Raising funds for Deklan’s memorial said: “Deklan died on April 30th in Queensland Children’s Hospital surrounded by immediate family, extended family and some close family friends.
“Please respect family privacy and grief at this time. All details of a memorial will be shared as appropriate.
“They read the beautiful messages of support and love and appreciate all the kindness and donations.”
A previous message read: “Lauren (Deklan’s mother) asked me to share that the doctors had advised that Deklan could no longer be cured.
“Deklan’s life support will be withdrawn in the next 48 hours.”
It added, “The money donated will go towards Deklan’s memorial and will enable Lauren to make an important memento of Deklan’s ashes in due course.”
Deklan has been described as a “beautiful boy” who was his mother’s best friend Daily mail reports.
A spokesman for Village Roadshow Theme Parks said last week the company was “desperate” to learn of Deklan’s tragic accident. Yahoo reports.
“We have to understand the circumstances that have arisen from what happened, and will fully cooperate in all investigations,” said the spokesman.
“Since our top priority is always health and safety, we have removed the toy in question from sale at this point.
“We will also reach out to Deklan’s family for assistance … We will not make any further comments until all the facts are known.”
Gold Coast Police said their initial investigation “found no suspicious circumstances”.