Fans attending a concert by boy band Mirror have been left in shock after a giant screen fell and crushed a dancer’s neck, potentially paralyzing them from the waist down.
At the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom on Friday, 27-year-old Mo Lee Kai-yin was hit in the head by a 16ft by 10ft giant screen crashed on his neck. Another dancer, Chang Tsz-fung, 29, was also injured in the incident.
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The concert was interrupted and the two dancers were immediately taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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Three women present the concertaged 16, 21 and 40, were treated for shock while one was sent to hospital.
Mo dislocated the third and fourth sections of his cervical vertebrae, leaving him unable to move.
After an overnight procedure and another eight-hour surgery, doctors were able to stabilize the dancer. Potential paralysis from the neck down will depend on his recovery process and whether his damaged nerves regrow.
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Mo’s family members arrived from Canada and the Health Bureau arranged a visit to the hospital.
Chang was discharged from the hospital on Friday afternoon.
Authorities immediately investigated the accident and discovered that one of the two metal cords holding the screen had broken during the concert. An investigation is currently underway as experts try to determine exactly what caused the suspension cables to fail. The concert’s various contractors, including Engineering Impact and Hip Hing Loong, will participate in the investigation with the authorities.
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Labor Department officers have already collected evidence at the site and all other events at the site have been suspended.
General Manager John Lee Ka-chiu and Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Kevin Yeung Yun-hung pledged to improve the safety of stage performances and prevent future similar accidents.
“But the most important thing is to look at other measures that need to be improved, whether it’s the system or future work arrangements, to ensure that our stage performances can be held in a safer way,” Yeung said.
Concert organizers for the remaining eight shows that were canceled announced they would refund fans.
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