Teenager dies in a freak hammock accident

By Saskia Hill
19 May 2016

Peri's Grade 8 graduation ceremony was just a week away when she died.

A 13-year-old girl died in a freak accident in Iowa, America, when she jumped into a hammock and one of the supports collapsed on her head. Peri Sagun’s 16-year-old sister, Eren, was already in the hammock when Peri jumped in, but wasn’t injured.

Peri’s sister ran into the house to call her father, who applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Peri while waiting for the ambulance. She was then rushed to the nearest hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Peri and her sister had tied one end of the hammock to a tree and the other to a 1,5 m-high brick lamppost, according to the Des Moines Register newspaper.

Peri’s friends at Saint Augustin Catholic School are still in shock. Her Grade 8 graduation ceremony was just a week away when she died. She won the Presidential Scholarship, which is regarded as one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed on high school students in America.

“Peri was wonderful. She was talented in tennis, she played for our volleyball team, she was an honour student, she was a gymnast, she was a dancer, she was in all our musicals of the last three years and she always wanted to do the right thing,” says her headmistress, Dr Nancy Dowdle.

According to police it appeared the brick pillar’s foundation wasn’t deep enough.

Her school will hold a memorial service at the graduation ceremony.

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Sources: time.com, news.sky.com, edition.cnn.com, ktla.com

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