Popular Twitch streamer and former AVN performer of the year Adriana Chechik is going through intense physical therapy following TwitchCon. She broke her back in three places after jumping into a pool of foam blocks. At two feet deep, more than one attendee sustained injuries, but Chechik seems to have gotten it the worst.
The con boasted a gladiatorial-style exhibit, in which opponents could knock each other off platforms with foam swords. After winning against her opponent, the popular streamer leapt into the pit rump first. The pit and foam blocks did nothing to break her fall. Her tailbone met the concrete underneath. A clip posted on Twitter clearly shows Chechik is in pain, “I can’t get up.”
Following the accident, she took to Twitter to update her 800,000+ fanbase on her condition. “Well, I broke my back in two places.” After a full prognosis of crushed bones and nerve damage to her bladder, Chechik requires a metal rod in her spine for support. Months of physical therapy are in her future. Worse is that Twitch and Lenovo, the hosts for the exhibit, have been mute on condolences of any kind to the injuries caused.
No Excuse For Negligence
Twitch directed all inquires to Lenovo, who responded that an investigation was underway. But that feels a lot like PR puffery. Buzzfeed’s investigation found the foam blocks were firmer than they should be. They also asked a British foam pit manufacturer to weigh in. Apparently, the safest minimal depth for a foam block pit is six feet. So what excuse do they have for a two foot pit?
This is not doing the streaming platform any favors. Twitch hasn’t been earning itself the best reputation lately, and their silence towards her is in poor taste. Enough so that Chechik says she’s seriously considering moving her from the platform to Youtube. The adult film and social media personality is despondent as physical therapy commences. “I don’t want to be tough. I don’t want to be brave, I cried for a hour and the pain is so immense.”