Father’s warning after trampoline accident leaves fit and healthy son a quadriplegic.

A 12-year-old boy has been left a quadriplegic after a backyard trampoline accident – and now his father has warned kids to be careful.

Peter Mould’s son, a talented athlete, and his friend were doing exactly the same thing as millions of other children in Australia when a double front flip went horribly wrong, shares 9 news.

Louie landed awkwardly on the trampoline, compressing his C3, C4, and C5 vertebrae near the base of the neck.

Louie is classed as an incomplete quadriplegic because his spinal cord was damaged and not severed. As with most higher spinal injuries, he struggled to breathe by himself and spent the first two months in ICU with tubes up his nose and via a hole in his throat.

Mr Mould said while you can’t wrap children up in cotton wool, Louie’s devastating injuries should serve as a warning to others of what could happen.

“It’s all part of this little fad kids seem to be going through,” Mr Mould said.

“They see videos of people doing tricks… Kids think they’re superhuman.”

Over 500 injuries reported

Emergency departments across Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia saw almost 500 injures from trampolines between 2012 and 2016. And that’s an underestimate; as the research used data from the state’s injury surveillance databases, missing those treated in private hospitals or by their GP.

Last month we shared how five year old, Riley Hoy, spent two months in a frame which was bolted to his skull after the he landed on his neck in his garden after a trampoline accident.

He bravely faced his long recovery with the help of a teddy with a matching metal brace.

But doctors had initially failed to notice he had broken his neck for five weeks, and he even went swimming and camping before a scan revealed the fracture, shares Yahoo 7.


Five weeks after the accident, Dad Steve took him to Bristol Children’s Hospital on the advice of a physiotherapist the worried family had consulted.

A CT scan revealed he had broken the crucial bone in his neck in half and the next morning he was fitted with a halo neck brace.

He was fitted with a “halo” neck brace for eight weeks, and a neighbour gave him a teddy with a matching structure – made from straws and tape – to help him through.

halo bear

“One of the doctors said how he didn’t end up paralysed or worse in the five weeks, was beyond him.

“Someone was looking out for him, that’s for sure.”

Did you know kids under six should NOT be on trampolines? Read more on that here.

Trampolines have sprung up to be the leading cause of injuries for children.

State ambulance service responded to almost 1800 trampoline-related injuries between 2014 and 2016. Nearly 900 were children aged under 10. READ MORE! 

Kidsafe recommends
•The area around and underneath the trampoline should be clear from obstacles such as concrete, bikes, tools, rocks, overhanging trees, electrical wires, walls or other structures.
•Never use the trampoline on concrete or pavers because the user could be severely injured from landing heavily on a hard surface.
•Surround the trampoline with impact absorbing material such as bark or mulch tested to AS/NZS4422 Playground Surfacing.
•Only one user on the trampoline at a time.
•Supervise children using the trampoline at all times.
•AS 4989 states that trampolines are not recommended for children under six years of age.
•Show your child the correct use of the trampoline by teaching safe usage practices.

Last year a Perth family were shocked after their eight-year-old was discharged from hospital with a broken neck. Read more on that HERE.

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  • It seems like a fun thing for kids to do but I never realised how dangerous it could be. It’s scary to know


  • Terrible accident – none of us know if this might happen – had an older type trampoline for years with everyone using it from grandad to the youngest – thank heavens nothing happened to any of us.


  • It’s hard to get kds to take sensible risks, too – they don’t always know their limits.


  • Thank goodness he will be okay – such a terrible accident!


  • I have read this child could possibly make a full recover with time. Terrible accident, but good to know the quadriplegia might not be permanent


  • What a devastating accident ! We can’t wrap our kids in cotton wool indeed, but it’s good to know about the dangers and the safety measures we can take.


  • A very sad accident. A double front flip is a bit of a stretch though.


  • The safest trampolines are probably those that the springs are underneath, not at the same level as the “floor” of it. If you child is keen it is best to take them to a proper gym/sports club where they are taught to do it safely. The teachers have special padded mats (they look like firm foam or rubber matttesses that they immediately slide part way onto the net/floor as soon as it looks as though a pupil is going to land off-centre or too close to the end. That prevents the child from bouncing as he/she lands on the mat.


  • Oh my goodness, this is just awful.


  • It’s astonishing it took this long to diagnose!


  • I think there were warnings on our trampoline that we had before we moved interstate about a certain age rating, however, I just ignored it because I never saw the danger because I had one as a kid too. A lot of the time I used to play on it with my kids. Scary stuff.


  • The scariest part of this story is that he went for 5 weeks before being diagnosed! Definitely not a reason to keep kids off trampolines tho. Terrible accident, but have you seen kids in the playground? In life in general? They’re going to get hurt, you just do your best to prevent serious injury


  • Oh my God, this poor little boy. The pain he must have been suffering. Thank God he is going to be okay. Trampolines are the new scourge of parenting. I’m thankful my son was never a huge fan and is now outside the age range of interest. It is a warning to others. I cringe watching any kids play on trampolines. Those backyard ones with walls – always have too many kids on them and they take more risks knowing they can bounce off the walls. Those trampoline parks – I’ve taken my son once and cringed every time the kids bounced near each other. I’d prefer to steer clear of them.


  • Aw bless, someOne must have been looking out for him indeed !!


  • This article states all the kids are recommendations but does not state anything about a safety net around a trampoline….really


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