Use Safety Equipment

One mother has a heart-breaking story about her son that she wants everyone to see and share in the hopes that it will save someone else’s. By all appearances, when her son Jaden fell off his bike he looked fine other that a few cuts and scratches. She thought, “this type of things happens all the time, there was nothing to be seriously worried about”…or was there? The next day, her son began to complain about a headache and that is when she realized there was more than met the eye.

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“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 23rd, 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 [a] 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 be aware of the dangers of riding without the proper safety equipment. This can happen to anyone! The injuries my son had, were 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 13th, 2016.

Please everyone, share this post and pictures! You have my permission to repost and share.”

Article: TiffanyRivera