A woman is speaking out after her 9-year-old nephew was seriously injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival. On Tuesday (Nov. 9), Taylor Blount recalled the chaotic festival during an interview with NBC’s “TODAY” show, calling the event “a death trap.”
According to Taylor, her 9-year-old nephew Ezra Blount was sitting on his father’s shoulders during Scott’s set. “The crowd just started going crazy and [Ezra’s dad] Treston goes, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,’” she told the outlet.
Ezra’s father passed out after the 50,000-person crowd began to surge forward, causing the boy to fall. When Treston regained consciousness, he said Ezra was nowhere to be found. The boy’s family called several local hospitals searching for him before finally locating him at Texas Children’s Hospital, where he had been placed in a medically induced coma.
Doctors said Ezra suffered severe swelling in his brain from the crowd surge and went into cardiac arrest either at the festival or on his way to the hospital. His aunt said he also endured lung, liver and kidney damage.
“He’s made it very far. The doctor the first day told us that he wasn’t expected to make it after the day, but it’s how many days after, so I know he’s fighting in there,” she said.
On Monday (Nov. 8), Ben Crump joined the family’s case against festival organizers. In a statement, the civil rights lawyer said he would work alongside attorneys at the Hilliard Martinez Gonzalez law firm in representing the child.
“The suffering that this family is going through is immeasurable,” Crump said. “This little boy had his whole life ahead of him — a life that is currently hanging in the balance because of the reckless mismanagement that ensued at the Astroworld Festival.”
As reported by REVOLT, multiple lawsuits have been filed against Scott, Drake, Live Nation and others in the days since the festival tragedy, which left eight people dead and hundreds more injured.
Scott previously pledged to cover funeral expenses for victims’ families and partnered with BetterHelp to offer counseling to those affected.