Texas Teen Warns of the Dangers of Trying to Get the Perfect Selfie After He Fell Off a Bridge
Triston Bailey suffered bruises to both lungs, a collapsed lung, multiple lacerations to his spleen, and a pelvic fracture
A Texas teen is speaking out after a selfie almost ended his life.
On November 12, Triston Bailey was driving home from a Dallas Stars ice hockey game with his friends when the group decided to quickly pull over and snap a selfie off of the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, according to Fox 4 News.
Instead of catching a perfect shot with the picturesque skyline in view, Bailey, 18, accidentally fell over the edge of the bridge and nearly died, the outlet said.
“I was going over the concrete barriers and they heard me exclaim. They thought I was joking and that I was trying to mess with them that I fell,” he told Fox 4. “But then they said they looked over and just like the movies, I’m just laid out there on the dirt.”
The teen was rushed to Methodist Medical Center’s emergency room, where Dr. Jospeh Darryl Amos, the chief of trauma at the Dallas hospital, treated him for bruises to both lungs, a collapsed lung, multiple lacerations to his spleen, and a pelvic fracture.
Considering how serious his injuries were, Dr. Amos and his team said they were stunned that Bailey did not die and called the incident “miraculous.”
“This is inexplicable,” Dr. Amos told Fox 4. “One more turn or one more twist, it’s amazing he didn’t snap his neck. It’s amazing he’s not a paraplegic or broke his back or he could’ve hit a stone in the middle of that field and fractured his skull and not been here. This is a constellation of miraculous little events that occurred.”
“Triston just happened to stop at the one perfect spot that cushioned his landing,” Dr. Edgar Araiza added to the outlet.
Bailey, who is now completing physical therapy twice a week, recently returned to the bridge where he nearly lost his life with his mom, Amber Gibson. And even she was perplexed at how her son survived the fall.
“It was amazing,” she said to Fox 4. “There’s no explanation for how he survived.”
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Though Bailey does not remember the near-fatal incident and never got the selfie he was hoping for — his phone did, however, survive the fall and is back in his possession — he is now speaking out in hopes that it will prevent someone else from making a similar, dangerous decision.
He is also working towards a full recovery so that he can one day join the Air Force, as he had originally planned before the accident occurred.
“If I see another person on I-30 about to take a picture, I’ll just stop on the side like, ‘Hey, it’s not a good idea,'” Bailey told the outlet.