Her Son Nearly Dies From A ‘Minor’ Accident

Bike accident

Image: Tiffany A Rivera

Tiffany A Rivera had just bought her son a new bike and helmet. The bike was amazing but the helmet wasn’t fitting properly. She let her ecstatic son ride the bicycle without a helmet, but only just this once. Little did she know that this was going to prove to be a grave mistake.

While out riding, Jaden did have an accident on his bike. However, his only complaints were a skinned elbow and knee, but 2 days later things were getting much worse.

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Tiffany noticed a squishy bump on his temple. She did not hesitate to take Jaden to the hospital, where he began vomiting. An MRI revealed that Jaden had suffered an epidural hematoma and would need immediate surgery.

Bike accident

Image: Tiffany A Rivera

On Monday, March 21, 2016, my 10-year-old son Jaden was riding his bike without a helmet. While riding his bike he fell off scrapping up his elbow and knee. When he was asked if anything else hurt his only complaints where his elbow and knee. He showed no signs of trauma and continued about his day.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning March 23, 2016. Jaden woke up complaining of a headache and seemed very lethargic, which was not his normal self at all. All Jaden wanted to do was lay down and didn’t want to eat anything. After looking at Jaden you could see swelling around his right temple. The spot on his temple was not hard, more like really squishy. I decided to take him to the hospital. The moment I had Jaden in the car he started vomiting. Once Jaden arrived at Saint Mary’s Children’s hospital a CT scan was done. The diagnosis was of right temporal fracture of the skull and right temporal epidural hematoma. The Doctors explained to me that my son needed emergency surgery within the hour to try and save his life. The chances of him making it were a 50/50 chance.

Jaden underwent surgery and once they were in found the damage to be extensive. They preformed a Right frontotemporal craniotomy, removal of the epidural hematoma and had to place a wire mesh cranioplasty on his skull. The surgery was only supposed to take 1 1/2 hours, Jaden was in surgery for 2 1/2 hours. We were told by the surgeon and other doctors that it was a miracle he survived. All other cases the kids never came out of surgery. On April 5th, 2016 Jaden turned 11 with almost no permanent damage or disability. My family and I would like to thank the Trauma Surgical Team and PICU at Saint Mary’s Children’s hospital in West Palm Beach Florida.

I am telling you this in hopes to raise awareness for all children and adults why you need to wear a helmet. Help others beware of the dangers of riding without the proper safety equipment. This can happen to anyone! The injuries my son had are equal to those in a motorcycle accident!

The pictures start from as soon as we came to the hospital, after surgery, 32 staples in his head, and the removal of the staples on April 13, 2016.

Article: Tiffany A Rivera