A 12-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after a bump on the head in a skateboard fall almost cost him his life.

In January, Sam Seric was skateboarding with friends when he fell and hit his head.

Hours later the young Melbourne boy was fighting for his life.

A tiny fracture from the fall caused Sam’s brain to hemorrhage, pushing his brain 1.5cm.

“I don’t really remember a lot of it,” the youngster told 7 News.

Sam’s parents were prepared for the worst, with doctors telling them to “say goodbye” to their son.

“I didn’t know if I was seeing him for the last time,” father Michael Seric said.

It’s not a very significant impact that can cause these injuries, but the hit was directly over an artery in line with the brain.

Sam is back at school doing half days for now, and is counting down the days until he can be active again.

“I still want to go skateboarding, but with a helmet,” he shared with 7 News.

Sam and his dad hoped the close call will serve as a warning to other families.

Read more – Teach your kids these 5 important road safety tips

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Research shows that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74 per cent in crashes with motor vehicles.

A 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 safety helmet then hopefully this story makes you realise just how crucial they are!

Read more: Doctor’s message after young boys bike accident.

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  • I was lucky when I was 8 too. I was riding my bike with my brother and we went down this massive hill. Thought it was great fun so did it again and hit a small rock which sent me flying head over handlebars in to the ride and I skidded for a few metres. Lost all skin on one side of me, shattered my arm, stitches on my face and was very lucky my head was ok due to wearing a helmet. Always tell my kids this story.


  • While it seems like a great idea, in this day and age I’m worried about that being too much private information that could lead to identity theft and other things if it got in to the wrong hands. I personally wouldn’t do it. Maybe just allergies if my child had an anaphylaxis reaction to something.


  • This could easily happen to a child skating around the backyard, also on a scooter, tricycle or bicycle


  • Such a close call, how frightening !


  • I am so glad he will be ok. Wearing a helmet is so important!


  • Oh my gosh. Glad he’ll be ok
    Show this to your children !!


  • We’ve seen serious injuries in our school community from a helmet-less bike accident. Really woke a few kids up…


  • most parents do make kids wear helmets but as soon as they are out of sight the kids takethem off. I see it every day on the school run


  • Wow, that’s scary!!


  • I used to go horseriding all the time as a kid without a helmet. I got a pretty bad concussion once. I think I was very very lucky nothing more serious happened.


  • That’s such a huge scar. I’m glad he survived. Helmets are so important!!


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