Teen falls off bridge trying to take a "selfie"

Published: Feb. 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM EST
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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

(CNN) -- How far would you go for the perfect profile picture for Facebook? A Texas teen is lucky he lived to tell about the day he fell from a bridge while trying to take a selfie.

Tristan Bailey doesn't remember much about what happened.

"You see it all over social media," Tristan said he too wanted to climb to great heights to get the perfect daring photo.

18-year-old Tristan and his friends wanted theirs at the top of the Margaret McDermott Bridge overlooking the Dallas skyline.

Last November, they attempted the photo, but Triston doesn't remember it. His friends filled him in.

"They say we stopped on the side of the bridge to take some pictures and that I was going over the concrete barriers. They heard me scream and they thought I was joking."

An imprint remains on the ground where Tristan's body landed after falling 50 feet.

"I broke my pelvis, I had a rib fracture, a punctured lung, I broke my face a whole bunch and I had lacerated my spleen."

A study from researchers associated with the all India Institute of Medical Sciences found at least 250 people worldwide have died taking selfies in about the last six years. More than 70% of the victims were men, averaging to be about 23 years old.

Doctors warn no photo is worth it.

"It's amazing that he didn't snap his neck. It's amazing that he's not a paraplegic - or broke his back. It's truly miraculous," said Dr. J. Darryl Amos, the chief of trauma at Methodist Health System.

Tristan is still going to physical therapy, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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