Illusionist Demian Aditya’s double Edison Wardhana leaves ICU after failed ‘death drop’ stunt

Edison Wardhana on his hospital bed being surrounded by his wife (right), his brother (top left) and Demian Aditya (bottom left). Photo: Instagram/@nanditho
Edison Wardhana on his hospital bed being surrounded by his wife (right), his brother (top left) and Demian Aditya (bottom left). Photo: Instagram/@nanditho

Edison Wardhana, stunt double for Indonesian illusionist Demian Aditya, has reportedly shown good progress on his recovery and has come out of intensive care after his nasty fall during a failed stunt on live TV last week.

The news was shared by Edison’s brother Nanda on his Instagram account yesterday. Along with a photo of Edison smiling on the hospital bed, Nanda wrote that his brother has been discharged from the ICU and can now move his left leg after fears that it could’ve been paralyzed as a result of his injuries.

Demian Aditya shot to global fame earlier this year when he freaked out Simon Cowell and the other judges on “America’s Got Talent”, but he has since returned to perform his death-defying stunts in Indonesia.

Last Wednesday, during a live show for national TV station SCTV, Demian performed his “death drop” stunt, in which he (or in this case, his double Edison) was locked inside a wooden casket that was being held up by a rope with a bed of spikes pointing up from below. However, when the rope was cut, Edison was still inside the casket as he failed to make his escape in time while Demian was waiting elsewhere to make his reveal.

Demian finally went public and confirmed the accident yesterday on his Instagram account after a surprisingly lengthy silence from the media.

Gw dan pihak keluarga @edison_wardhana minta support dan doanya

A post shared by Demian Sang Illusionist (@_demianaditya_) on

Dear Netizens,

I apologize for not making any statements about the incident the other day, because we were all focused on the health of Echon (Edison’s nickname). There will come a time for me to speak, but for now the most important thing is your prayers for Echon’s recovery.

FYI, Echon is my best friend and we have known each other for 15 years. He’s not just a stuntman and a team manager, but he’s also like a brother to me.

So we’d appreciate your understanding and your prayers so that Echon can recover to be like before.

Thanks for your understanding.

During a press conference yesterday, Demian said he’s taking full responsibility for Edison’s treatment.

“Personally, because of this incident, I told (Edison’s) family that I take full responsibility over this whole misfortune. At the end of the day, (the death drop stunt) was my event,” he said, as quoted by Liputan 6.

However, Demian did not go into specifics as to how the stunt failed, insisting that he and his team had carried out preparations properly. He also did not reveal specifics about Edison’s injuries, but sources close to Edison previously told the media that he fell into a coma due to a punctured lung and fractured spine, amongst other injuries.

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