Bubble Ball danger? Youth pastor sues Walmart for over $2M after breaking neck in game

www.christianpost.com | 7/27/2019 | Staff
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An Oregon youth pastor who doctor’s say miraculously survived after breaking his neck at a church camp during a game using a “Bubble Ball” he purchased from Walmart is now, along with his wife, suing the retail giant for more than $3 million.

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In a federal lawsuit cited by The Oregonian, Joshua Ashley of Milton-Freewater and his wife allege that the harness that strapped him inside the large inflatable ball broke, catapulting him head-first into another player’s ball.

De Wilbourne, the children’s program director at Valley Christian Center in Milton Freewater, explained in a GoFundMe campaign — launched on behalf of the pastor shortly after the accident that took place in the summer of 2017 — that Josh, now 32, and his wife, Katie, were serving as youth pastors at his church.

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“Josh broke his neck in a freak accident while serving as a counselor at church camp. The doctors told Josh's family when he was airlifted to Portland, it was a miracle that he didn't die on impact or paralyzed from the neck down,” Wilbourne said.

As a result of the accident, the pastor’s lawyer, Ron K.Cheng, said he was immobilized and bedridden for nearly a year but has since regained his movement. His neck fracture also didn’t sever his nerves. But he continues to suffer from memory loss.

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The suit against Walmart argues that the Bubble Ball was in “an unreasonably dangerous and defective condition” and that the...
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