SHOCKING video shows the moment a cell phone shattered on a teen’s head after falling from a fairground ride, leaving her with a serious brain injury.
The freak accident was caught on camera at the Oklahoma State Fair as Rebecca Gillespie, 18, waited in line for a ride with her mother-in-law.
The ride, Street Fighter 360, flipped upside down and a phone went flying out of a person’s pocket, hitting her in the head.
“[The phone] gashes her head open, shatters. Glass went everywhere,” Rebecca’s mom, Heidi Gillespie told KTLA.
Rebecca was taken to the hospital with a deep wound and was diagnosed with a concussion.
According to doctors, the impact on Rebecca’s head was similar to that of a small missile.
“They did tell her she was really lucky because it could have killed her,” said her mother.
“Everyone around me was covering their faces, gasping saying ‘oh my gosh are you okay?'” said Rebecca, recounting the accident.
Rebecca was sent home from the hospital late Tuesday with instructions and symptoms to watch out for as she recovers.
However, the next day, she was rushed back to the hospital after she was found unconscious by her boyfriend.
“She [was] kind of slumped over and wasn’t responding,” her mother said.
“Does she have a brain bleed or is something going on or is she having a stroke? [There are] all the scenarios going through your head of what could be wrong.”
Rebecca was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
“She did not remember what day it was [and] she’s kind of lost [her senses] but they say that’s pretty normal,” said her mother.
There are rules about carrying items such as phones with you while on rides, according to officials.
“Things happen, but we’re prepared for the contingencies [and] there’s a whole list of rules and regulations based on the mechanics of the given ride,” said spokesperson Scott Munz.
“The ride operator would have seen it and told [the owner] to leave it behind,” he added.
However, the fair does not have any legal standing to charge the person who might be responsible for dropping the phone.
Rebecca’s mother said at this point, the family is more concerned about her daughter’s medical bills and her recovery.
“We’re kind of in a waiting game,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be hard for her for a little while.”