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Rishi Baveja Takes A Bungee Jump In Thailand, Loses His Spleen

Son of a British general practitioner Rishi Baveja had gone to Thailand to celebrate his scoring a 2.2 degree in engineering. He paid 50 pounds for a bungee jump, but to his horror, he found,

PTI [ Updated: October 09, 2009 8:59 IST ]
rishi baveja takes a bungee jump in thailand loses his
rishi baveja takes a bungee jump in thailand loses his spleen

Son of a British general practitioner Rishi Baveja had gone to Thailand to celebrate his scoring a 2.2 degree in engineering. He paid 50 pounds for a bungee jump, but to his horror, he found, as he jumped that the harness had broken loose. Now read, what happened after that. (watch)

As he hurtled towards the water at 80mph, Rishi Baveja anxiously awaited the moment when the elastic cord snapped him back aloft. The harness around his feet worked free and he continued accelerating until he hit the surface of a Thai lagoon.

Fortunately he managed to take the full force of the impact on his chest, escaping catastrophic head injuries, reports The Mail, London.

Rishi suffered a ruptured spleen, torn liver, collapsed lungs and massive bruising.

Surgeons, who likened his injuries to those of a car crash victim, had to remove the spleen and he spent a month in a Bangkok hospital before he was well enough to return to his home near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

'All the doctors were staggered that I lived,' he said. 'I'm very lucky. If I had landed head first I would be brain damaged or dead.'

Rishi was in Phuket on a month-long holiday to celebrate gaining a 2.2 degree in engineering.  He paid £50 to make the jump at the Jungle Bungy centre in Kathu.

A crane took him to a 165ft platform where a harness was placed around his feet and fastened to a bungee cord with several wraps of material.

A video of the jump records his yelp of fear just before he hits the water, while an instructor appears to say 'Oh', as the realisation of what is happening dawns on him.

Rishi says, it was not clear how the harness was able to work loose and he would not be suing the operators because he feels there is little prospect of success.

'I knew the jump would be scary but I didn't think it was dangerous. I had a long phone conversation with my mum telling her it was safe. She only believed me when I told her that the website of the jump centre claimed it had a 100 per cent safety record. It still says that. I didn't need to do that jump. I wish I hadn't.'

Baveja's parents flew out to his bedside when they were told of the accident. Despite losing his spleen he hopes to return to full health - and has not been put off extreme sports.

He plans to go skydiving when he has recovered.

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