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High-school senior who felt 'bubbling in his chest' after Astroworld was hospitalized with a collapsed lung, lawsuit says

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Fans during 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Fans during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5 in Houston.Erika Goldring/WireImage
  • An 18-year-old who said his lung collapsed after Houston's Astroworld Festival has sued organizers.

  • Ten people died after a crowd of more than 50,000 people surged toward the stage on November 5.

  • The teen felt "bubbles in his chest" nearly two weeks after the crowd crush, the lawsuit said.

A high-school senior filed a lawsuit Friday against Travis Scott and the Astroworld Festival's other organizers, saying he was hospitalized for a collapsed lung nearly two weeks after getting crushed in the crowd at the Houston concert.

Ten people died during and in the wake of the concert on November 5, where the crowd of more than 50,000 people rushed toward the stage, leaving hundreds injured. Concertgoers have filed more than 170 lawsuits against Scott and other organizers, including ScoreMore and Live Nation, since the event.

Angel Dominguez, 18, said in the lawsuit that his lung collapsed nearly two weeks after he attended the festival, where he said he was crushed during the crowd surge. Dominguez is seeking more than $1 million in damages from Scott and the festival's other organizers, citing injuries and mental anguish.

Representatives for Scott, ScoreMore, and Live Nation did not immediately return Insider's requests for comment on Monday.

Dominguez, who is from Denver, received a ticket to the festival from his mother as a birthday present, the lawsuit said. Dominguez arrived at the concert at NRG Park and made his way into the crowd after spending "hundreds of dollars" on concert merchandise but quickly realized that the crowd was too large for the area set up to contain it, the suit added.

"The pressure and impact from the condensed crowd began to rapidly increase with no signs of stopping," the lawsuit said. "The pressure and suffocation of body upon body quickly went from innocent comradery to a fight for survival."

It added that Dominguez "feared he was being crushed by the juggernaut of collective bodies" and could not see his feet at one point.

"Plaintiff believes he was physically stepping on concertgoers who were either unconscious or unable to get back to their feet," the lawsuit said.

The suit said that Dominguez's "nightmare had just begun" at that point and that he began feeling chest pain and shortness of breath in his hotel room shortly after he left the concert. It added that Dominguez returned to Colorado on November 7 but continued to have chest pain, shortness of breath, and a lingering cough for days.

On November 16, nearly two weeks after the concert, Dominguez complained of "bubbling in his chest" to the nurse at his high school, the lawsuit said. He then went to the emergency room, where doctors determined that Dominquez's lung had collapsed after "crush injuries and blunt force trauma sustained to his chest," the suit added.

Doctors inserted a pigtail catheter into Dominguez's chest to try and drain the excess air that was causing his lung to compress, the lawsuit said. Dominguez was then transported to a different hospital, where doctors removed the catheter and placed a "hollowed out tube" in Dominguez's chest, it added.

"Plaintiff was awake for the entire procedure and screamed out so loud in agony that his mother had to be restrained and removed from the suite," the lawsuit said.

The first attempt to reinflate Dominguez's lung was unsuccessful, the lawsuit said, adding that he had to spend days with a tube in his chest while doctors tried to prevent permanent damage to "his 18-year-old system."

The full extent of Dominguez's injuries will be known to doctors "in the coming months," the lawsuit said, but "plaintiff and his family are hopeful that, through treatment, he can one day fully recover from his injuries."

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