Daredevil sword swallower rushed to hospital after stunt goes horribly wrong

A daredevil sword swallower has been seriously injured and almost died after his performance went tragically wrong.

Gareth Williams, known as The Mighty Gareth, is a street performer in Edinburgh.

Last week he was rushed to hospital after his stunt, which he has performed for over 30 years, did not go to plan.

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Gareth suffered an internal injury and internal bleeding but thankfully has now been released from hospital.

However, he faces a lengthy recovery and was told by doctors that his sword swallowing days are over.

Fellow Edinburgh street performer Matt Keys has set up a GoFundMe to help with the fact Gareth has lost his means of income.

Matt wrote on the fundraising page: "Gareth is a highly experienced festival, circus and street performer. He can be seen annually, MCing the big circus stage at Glastonbury Festival, at the Edinburgh Fringe Street Festival and performing on the streets of Winchester near his home town.

"He has swallowed a sword over 3000 times but last week it went tragically wrong and nearly killed him. He suffered an internal injury and severe internal bleeding.

"He spent a whole week in hospital and has now been released home but is looking at a slow recovery.

"Doctors have said he is no longer going to be able to perform his signature act the sword swallow.

"I’m passing the digital hat to help my mate take the time to heal and recover without having to worry about the immediate loss of income."

Thus far the GoFundMe has raised £597 of the £5,500 goal.

As well as being a sword swallower, Gareth also does fire eating, magic and dangerous juggling with items such as chainsaws.

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