November 19th, 2014
A mum has made the stark warnings after her own 8 year old child fell off her bike and received a head injury.
Her young daughter was riding her bike without a helmet when she was involved in an accident. According to her friends she had gone over the handlebars and hit her head on the ground and was found unconscious, in the foetal position, looking like she was asleep with no obvious injuries.
After being rushed to hospital, it was discovered she had suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain. Her injuries were life-threatening and as a result, medical staff conducted emergency surgery which lasted 2 hours within minutes of her arrival at the hospital. The daughter spent a total of 36 hours in the intensive care unit and an extra four days in hospital recovering.
Although she has now made a full-recovery, her mum is warning other children to wear helmets when riding their bikes. She said: “I got a phone call from her friend’s mum telling me she had an accident. I just expected her to have a swollen ankle.
“When we got through to the hospital that’s when they told me she had a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.
“We had only been in the hospital ten minutes and she went for the operation. If they didn’t do it we could have lost her.”
She said: “If she had a helmet on that would have taken the brunt of the impact.
“They never said how the injury would have been if she was wearing a helmet but it wouldn’t have been as life-threatening as it was.
“I would urge all parents to make sure their children wear helmets when out on their bike, especially with the dark nights coming.”