A freshman at Baylor University died Sunday afternoon after hitting his head during a freak backflip accident.
According to KWTX.com, Kevin Signo, an 18-year-old pre-biology student at Baylor, was rehearsing traditional dances with the school’s Filipino Students Association when he attempted a backflip and landed on his forehead, which triggered a fatal spine injury.
“Kevin was attending a practice of a student organization’s dance group, and during a break apparently attempted a flip, and I believe he landed on his head and suffered an injury,” said Lori Fogleman, director of media communications for Baylor.
Following the accident, Kevin was rushed to a local hospital and put on life support. But around 4 am Sunday, the swelling in his brain became extreme — and he succumbed to his injuries.
“Our hearts are broken,” Fogleman said. “Kevin was very bright, well-liked and involved student on our campus. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s friends and family at this time.”
Kevin’s parents, Henry and Jackie Signo, said their son was an introvert in highschool, but he came out of his shell at Baylor, where he enjoyed playing soccer and dancing. They said Kevin, who wanted to be a doctor, was also an organ donor who understood the value of life.
“He had a legal document drawn up, donating his eyes, skin, bones and organs,” Jackie Signo told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. “He knew exactly what (his organs) could be used for and what was important.”
According to Baylor University, Signo’s funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday. A visitation will take place 6-9 p.m. prior to the funeral.
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