A stuntman suffered critical - and likely career-ending - injuries when a motorcycle stunt he was performing in California for a movie trailer went horribly awry.
Mike Gaboff, 25, of Millstone, N.J., was supposed to ride the motorcycle up a ramp, then go through a ring of fire and land in an adjacent pond. But the motorcycle overshot the pond and Gaboff fell from six stories high onto the hard ground, his mother, Sharon Gaboff, told The Messenger-Press newspaper.
Gaboff, who's known as "Crazy Mike," broke his lower back, pelvis, neck, both arms, ribs, collar bone, and also suffered collapsed lungs and second-degree burns. The helmet he was wearing protected him from traumatic brain injury.
Gaboff's mother told The Messenger-Press that her son was not paralyzed and will walk again. As an independent contractor, he reportedly is not entitled to workman's compensation for his injuries, according to the report.
On a 2010 appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show, Gaboff acknowledged his stunts were dangerous but said they made him happy.
He described the appeal of dangerous stunts as being "80 percent for the adrenaline rush, 10 percent for video cameras and 10 percent for chicks."
"I'd rather get hurt doing something epic, you know, jumping out of a helicopter, on fire, through rings and glass," he said in the appearance.
Gaboff's family is raising money to transfer him to a hospital closer to home.Also Read