Steven Wallenda, the last of the "Flying Wallendas," has vowed never to retire from his acrobatic career. He was injured in a fall a week ago at the 100th annual Rockland County (N.Y.) Fair.
A holder of 11 world stunt records, Wallenda said Thursday that he was not intimidated by the fact that every other member of the world-renowned troupe has died during stunts.
"I've been busted up enough in my life. I've been shot, stabbed, crushed, mangled and basically had everything else happen to me. They've been telling me to stop all my life, but I have too much faith in myself and my God," he said.
"I'm the only one still carrying on the eighth generation. The rest have been killed in falls," he added. "The show must go on though and I'll be back out there. I'll die a Wallenda."
The acrobat was listed in satisfactory condition at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., but said he is still in pain. Saudi Prince's $250,000 Gift
A Saudi Arabian prince donated $250,000 yesterday to the family of a 14-year-old boy suffering from a congenital heart and lung disease to help finance a triple transplant operation, family members said.
Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, 36, a nephew of Saudi King Fahd and a brigadier general in his country's air force, was stunned by a television broadcast of Billy Bostick's plight and offered to pay all medical expenses, estimated to total $500,000, the boy's mother said.
Bostick needs transplants of a heart and both lungs. He suffers from a congenital heart disease called Eisenmenger's complex, which also affects the lungs, a spokeswoman for the family said.