Lyric Opera actor burned in fire-blowing stunt to go home - New York News

Lyric Opera actor burned in fire-blowing stunt to go home

Posted: Updated:
Credit: Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times Credit: Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Wesley Daniel is set to go home Thursday Morning, following a fire-blowing stunt that engulfed his face in flames and landed him in the hospital Monday.

SEE: Lyric Opera actor badly burned during rehearsal will fully recover

On Wednesday, Daniel proved he was in great spirits – sharing a bandaged photo of himself and displaying two thumbs up. Wesley Daniel has been recovering, so his family thought he would return home from Loyal Medical Center's burn unit Wednesday.

The actor's father, Clifton Daniel says doctors decided to stick with Thursday as his discharge date.

"He's bandaged. He's comfortable. His voice is still horse. But he's doing well. It's all good," Clifton says.

The Daniel family says the 24-year-old is in good spirits, keeping in touch with friends through Facebook and text messaging. He's taking some pain medication and his voice is horse.

"It's hard to talk to him, he can't speak very well, so there's a lot of hand signals," Clifton explains.

Clifton was in the audience at the Lyric Opera House, watching his son Monday night playing the role of a stilt walking fire breather in Wagner's "Die Miestersinger," when suddenly, his mask broke out in flames.

Clifton says Wesley hasn't spoken about that horrifying incident, but Clifton says he is still traumatized from the dress rehearsal.

"I saw performance go wrong, you're stunned, you don't believe it, it can't be happening," Clifton said of watching the accident unfold.

Wesley has second degree burns to his face and some blistering around his mouth, but it could have been worse. Doctors are likening his injuries to a severe sunburn.

"It's going to take longer to recover from that than a sunburn would, but he should recover fully," Clifton explains.

So will Wesley Daniel return to circus performing? His younger brother says, absolutely yes, but he is likely done performing fire blowing stunts. His father tells FOX 32 News that he is not sure if Wesley will return to the Lyric Opera house to continue his role as a stilt walker.

The Lyric Opera house has removed the fire stunt all together since the accident.

The family says they are extremely grateful to the staff at Loyola Medical Center, to the stagehands who helped extinguish the fire, and to the EMT's who transported him.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • High-fiving strangers in NYC

    High-fiving strangers in NYC

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:01:29 GMT
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
  • Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:52:40 GMT
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
  • NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:43:05 GMT
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices