Most people are probably a little embarrassed by the lengths they’ll go to in pursuit of the perfect selfie.
A Texas teenager named Triston Bailey learned that the perfect selfie isn’t worth the risk when he fell off a bridge and nearly died while trying to take a picture.
The incident occurred when Triston and his friends were driving home from a Dallas Stars hockey game. The group of teens decided to pull over at the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas to take a quick selfie.
Triston tried to situate himself on the bridge so that he could get the skyline in the background of the shot.
Instead, he fell and plummeted to the ground, nearly to his death.
“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,” Triston explained to Fox 4 News. “But then they said they looked over and just like the movies, I’m just laid out there on the dirt.”
The 18-year-old was rushed to Methodist Medical Center. Dr. Joseph Darryl Amos, chief of trauma, treated Triston for his injuries. The teen suffered two bruised lungs, a collapsed lung, multiple lacerations to his spleen, and a pelvic fracture. He says the fact that Triston even survived the fall is a miracle.
“One more turn or one more twist, it’s amazing he didn’t snap his neck,” Dr. Amos explained. “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 is in physical therapy working on his recovery. He hopes to one day join the Air Force. He’s speaking out about his experience in hopes that other teens will realize the dangers of going too far for the perfect picture.
To hear about Triston’s terrifying and humbling experience in his own words, watch the video.
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