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.
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“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.
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!
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