Even If You Don’t Like Him, He Needs Your Prayers…

Courtesy of the Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Boxer Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter is on life support after she was found with her neck caught in a cord of a treadmill machine Monday.

040412_mikeTyson_vsmall_4p.widecExodus Tyson’s 7-year-old brother found her on a treadmill with her neck in the cord that dangles from the console of the exercise machine at their Phoenix home, police Sgt. Andy Hill said, calling it a “tragic accident.”

The boy told Exodus’ mother, who was in another room. She took Exodus off the cable, called 911 and tried to revive her.

Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR on Exodus as they rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was in “extremely critical condition” and on life support, Hill said.

“Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there’s a cord that hangs under the console — it’s kind of a loop,” Hill said. “Either she slipped or put her head in the loop, but it acted like a noose, and she was obviously unable to get herself off of it.”

Hill said former heavyweight champion Tyson had been in Las Vegas but flew to Phoenix immediately after learning of the accident. Police didn’t release the girl’s name.

Tyson could not immediately be reached for comment but 42West, a New York City public relations firm representing him, released a statement on the family’s behalf.Mike_Tyson_Wall_2005_1280

“The Tyson family would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and support, and we ask that we be allowed our privacy at this difficult time,” the statement said.

Brief footage from local TV station KTVK showed Tyson arriving at the hospital in a white button-up and black pants, and looking around with a frown before going inside.

Hill said everything in the investigation pointed to an accident. “There’s nothing in the investigation that revealed anything suspicious,” he said.

He added that responding to calls involving children is an officer’s most difficult duty.

“Those are the things that stay with you in your career,” he said. “We always hope for a miracle — not to have the worst happen to a child.”

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3 Responses to “Even If You Don’t Like Him, He Needs Your Prayers…”

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  2. Deborah Says:

    I have always liked Mike Tyson and believe that most have never understood him. My heart goes out to him, the mother of Exodus and all of the children. It is extremely hard to bury a child and not to have their presence with you any more. It causes one to feel so empty and lonely. The pain is so intense that just being able to raise your head is so earth shatering. I am so sorry for them. All of the birthdays, christmas, day and night rituals they shared with her will now be treasured memories. I am still having difficulties grieving my son who would be 12 years old this year. I am soooo sorry and my prayers are with them. I do know that prayer has played a pivotal role in my ability to make it too the next moment. One day at a time is too long. The Tysons will have to make it minute by minute.

  3. To the Tyson family I would like to give my condolences to you and your family, at such difficult times as these.I was saddened to hear about what happened, my prayers go out to you and your family.Children are so precious and I’m sure Exodus was a special child.I’m sure everyone will miss her but I pray that GOD will comfort the family at this present time.I can’t imagine your pain but I have two girls who are adults.and just the thought brings tears to my eyes.I know some things seem unbearable but GOD will bring you through.Sincerely,Terrance Evans

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