Trapeze artist in stable condition; no nets to catch his fall

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The trapeze artist who fell during his high bar performance Sunday is in stable condition at MUSC.

The artist, Tito Montayo, was airlifted to MUSC from the Ponds-Summervile YMCA. According to a Walker Brothers Circus (Sarasota, FL) spokesperson, blood filled Montayo's brain prompting surgery Monday morning.

"He is in stable condition," said Saschi Meluzzi, the circus' spokesperson, by phone.  "His family is with him."

Meluzzi admits that there was little that could have been done to prevent Montayo's injuries.  Meluzzi says, as is common practice with a majority of Walker Brothers trapeze acts, there are no nets to catch a performers fall.

"There are just no nets," said Meluzzi.  "It's just the way [trapeze acts] are performed."

Meluzzi says the rest of the circus crew continued their performance Sunday.  The circus has since left the Charleston area for another performance Monday evening, without making adjustments to their safety procedures.

"To be honest with you, I really don't know what went wrong," said Meluzzi.  "I know it wasn't any kind of mechanical thing or anything like that."

A spokesperson for the YMCA in Summerville where the incident occurred said she had heard nothing but positive feedback in regard to the Walker Brothers.  She also noted that an earlier performance featuring the same stunt was "flawless."

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