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In March 2016, Tiffany’s 10-year-old son Jaden was riding his bike in their West Palm Beach, FL neighborhood.
He was not wearing a helmet. Jaden fell off his bike at one point, but only scraped his elbow and knee. He got up and kept on riding. “He showed no signs of trauma and continued about his day,” Tiffany wrote on Facebook. Nothing serious, right? Wrong.
Two days later, Jaden woke up with a headache and Tiffany could tell he wasn’t his usual energetic self. He refused to eat, and all he wanted to do was lay down. After closely inspecting Jaden’s body, she noticed swelling around his right temple.
When she touched the spot, it was strange and squishy. She decided right then to take him to the hospital. The moment Jaden got in the car, he started vomiting.
At the hospital, doctors performed a CT scan on Jaden’s brain. As it turned out, the damage was much more extensive — and absolutely devastating — than she ever thought possible. However, the signs were, initially, invisible to the naked eye. The days and weeks that followed were horrifying for Tiffany, Jaden and the rest of their family.
Now, Tiffany is bravely sharing her powerful story on Facebook and encouraging other parents to post and share the importance of always wearing a helmet…
“On Monday March 21 2016, my 10 year old son Jaden was riding his bike without a helmet,” Tiffany wrote on Facebook. “While riding his bike he fell off scraping up his elbow and knee. When he was asked if anything else hurt his only complaints were 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 right temporal fracture of the skull and right temporal epidural hematoma. The doctors explained to me that my son need 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 13 2016.”
Every year, about 350,000 children under the age of 15 are rushed to hospital emergency rooms with injuries from bicycle wrecks. Resulting head injuries can cause brain damage and life-long disabilities.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, bike helmets can reduce the risk by 85 percent!
Tiffany’s story serves as a powerful warning to parents everywhere.
Parents must encourage their children to wear bicycle helmets. Please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!
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