A CNN Anderson Cooper guest was seriously injured and in a coma after a teenage boy was asked by producers to tape himself doing “the crazy stuff you do” for an upcoming segment.
The boy fell while attempting a skateboard stunt and sustained a head injury. The guest was hospitalized and slipped into a coma. A Warner Bros. Television rep confirmed the accident.
“Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the teenage brain, based on a National Geographic story. As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera. On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time,” the rep explained.
Cooper added, in a statement: “I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured. I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family.”
Many jurisdictions require skateboarders to wear bicycle helmets, wrist guards, and other protective gear to reduce the risk of head injuries and even death.
Some medical researchers have proposed restricting skateboarding to specially designed areas, to reduce the number and severity of injuries, and to eliminate those caused by motor vehicles or to other pedestrians.
The use, ownership and sale of skateboards were forbidden in Norway from 1978 to 1989 because of the high number of injuries caused by boards. The ban led skateboarders to construct ramps in the forest and other secluded areas to avoid the police.