A bike helmet saved this young boys life!
Zac Conway, 10, was riding his bike yesterday afternoon when his brakes failed him and he collided with an oncoming car.
A Careflight helicopter attended the scene and rushed Zac to Westmead Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition with a fractured leg, several cuts and abrasions.
“I didn’t really panic until I got into the trauma unit and saw him with all of the wires hooked up and the neck brace on … then it hit me,” mother Jackie Conway told 9NEWS from Zac’s bedside.
Doctors and emergency services said it was the young boy’s bloodied helmet that saved him.
“Yeah, the doctor said if I wasn’t wearing that, that would be my skull and I would be dead right now,” Zac said.
Zac will undergo further surgery but is expected to make a full recovery.
Careflight’s, David Wheeldon, said Zac’s survival story was an important reminder for riders to always wear a helmet.
“Strap it on; make sure it’s a good fit. It can make the difference between life and death,” he said.
When riding a bicycle you are required by law to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened.
Research shows that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74 per cent in crashes with motor vehicles.
A bicycle helmet that is not correctly fitted and fastened does not provide enough protection in a crash.
If you ever doubted the importance of wearing a bike helmet then hopefully this story makes you realise just how crucial they are!
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