When I was 12 we bet my friend he couldn’t jump through the fountain in Seattle. He racked himself and laid down the rest of the field trip. This story is much worse.
A teenager who fears she won’t be able to have children after being hit between the legs by a water fountain has revealed how the accident has ruined her sex life.
Shelby Clarke, from Manchester, fears her boyfriend Danny Lendon will cheat on her as she isn’t able to enjoy sex after suffering serious gynaecological injuries in the incident in Blackpool.
During their visit, She spotted the park’s newest attraction, The Spectacular Dancing Water Fountain, featuring water jets which would shoot up in sequence from the ground. In the middle was the most powerful jet, which reached heights of 200 feet.
Shelby recalled: ‘There were loads of kids running through the water jets so Sarah and I joined in. But as were playing, I was hit by a very powerful jet.
‘It knocked me off my feet and I felt I needed to go to the toilet immediately. But I noticed there was blood everywhere.’
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She was rushed to hospital and received 250 stitches, both internal and external.
Karen was absolutely horrified: ‘When I saw what had happened, I was sickened. She was badly injured, literally ripped right across from her bottom to her vagina.
‘The consultant took me aside and said he thought she might have been raped. I was appalled. By now, Shelby was under anesthetic so she couldn’t speak up,’ she continued.
Shelby has since been awarded a five-figure sum after she and her family pursued legal action against the Pleasure Beach. The settlement includes funds to cover possible treatment in the future when she wants children.
Shelby met her first boyfriend, Danny Lendon, three years after the incident, but says sex is still incredibly painful. She admits: ‘I can enjoy sex but I can’t have it very often”
A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach told MailOnline: ‘Since the incident, strict procedures have been out in place to ensure guests do not enter the fountains during a show.