An Australian teen has died just a few days after being crushed during a routine gym workout.
Ben Shaw was bench-pressing approximately 215 pounds at a Brisbane gym last Wednesday when the bar slipped out of his grip, pinning him down and crushing his neck.
The 15-year-old was trapped under the bar for at least 30 minutes before a gym member who had just entered the room rushed over to save him.
The rescuer’s wife told News.com.au:
“There was nobody around. He looked over and saw the 15-year-old boy just lying on the bench with a bar right across his neck├óΓé¼┬ª He grabbed the bar off his neck and yelled for help.”
Two others performed CPR on the teen until paramedics arrived and rushed him to a children’s hospital. He remained on life support until he died on Saturday.
Police-Citizens Youth Club officials say they are cooperating with investigators, who have yet to determine whether charges will be made. However, the facility notes that members under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, per gym rules.
According to the Facebook page of Pine Central Holy Spirit Hornets, the rugby team on which Ben played, the teen’s family donated his tissues and organs to save others:
Such a tragic reminder to never bench press when you’re the only one in the gym. Our hearts are with Ben’s parents and family.
[Image via Facebook.]