Texas Teen Falls 50 Feet for Selfie

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In Dallas, Texas, 18-year-old Triston Bailey climbed the Margaret McDermott Bridge with his friends in an attempt to take a “cool selfie”. Before the picture could be captured, Bailey fell 50 feet and ended up in the hospital.

CBS DFW says Bailey stepped over some concrete to get in the line of shot, but slipped and fell. Triston Bailey says, “I broke my pelvis, I had a rib fracture, a punctured lung, I broke my face a whole bunch and I had lacerations on my spleen.”

When Triston Bailey was on his was to the hospital, he didn’t remember the fall, so his friends had to fill him in and retell the incident in order to remind him.

Doctors at the hospital were surprised he didn’t break his neck or even die. “It’s truly miraculous,” says Dr. J Darryl Amos, the Chief of Trauma for Methodist Health System. Bailey has spent the past four months in recovery, continuing physical therapy. He is expected to make a full recovery, even expected to be able to join the Air Force like he wants.

Bailey says he’s grateful to be okay, safe, and alive. He says, “I could have easily passed away that night. I could have easily been gone. If it was just one more rotation I could not be here.”

The Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care held a study, finding that 259 people have died trying to take a “cool selfie” from dangerous positions. Risky behavior has led to drowning, transportation accidents, and deathly falls.

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