A teenager is in a coma after suffering a fall from a skateboard while videotaping himself at the request of producers of Anderson Cooper's new syndicated daytime talk show. The teen was to be part of a show on the "teenage mind."
Gawker reports that details of the incident are "sketchy," but a source said a producer "encouraged [the] kid to go out and 'film the crazy stuff you do.'" One of those things was "skateboarding adventurously." He fell while doing it and suffered a severe head injury.
A spokesperson for the show confirmed the incident:
Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the Teenage Brain, based on a National Geographic story. As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera. On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time.
Cooper released a statement to Gawker:
I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured. I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family.
Cooper's show has only been on the air for three weeks. This particular episode never aired.