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This Is Why Kids Should Never Ride without a Bike Helmet

The Short of It

Mom shares a scary story about her son to remind parents that kids should always wear a bike helmet.

The Lowdown

When Tiffany Rivera's son, Jaden, fell off his bike after riding it without a helmet, his mom initially thought he was fine.

"My 10 year old son Jaden was riding his bike without a bike helmet [and] he fell off scraping up his elbow and knee," she wrote on Facebook. "His only complaints were his elbow and knee. He showed no signs of trauma and continued about his day."

But then two days later, her little boy woke up with a headache and seemed very lethargic.

"All Jaden wanted to do was lay down and didn't want to eat anything," Rivera recalled.

After examining his head, she saw some swelling around his right temple and a spot she describes as "not hard, more like really squishy."

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She decided to take him to the hospital, and when she got him in the car, he started vomiting. A CT scan was performed at the hospital, and the diagnosis was right temporal fracture of the skull and right temporal epidural hematoma.

"The Doctors explained to me that my son need [sic] emergency surgery within the hour to try and save his life," she explained in her post. "The chances of him making it were a 50/50 chance."

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Luckily, after enduring more than two hours of surgery and 32 staples in his head, the little guy pulled through.

"We were told by the surgeon and other doctors that it was a miracle he survived," Rivera said. "All other cases, the kids never came out of surgery."

The Upshot

It's been a few weeks since the accident, and Rivera revealed on Facebook that her son has almost no permanent damage or disability. Still, her post is a scary reminder that it only takes a second for a life-changing accident to occur and our kids should ALWAYS wear a bike helmet, no matter how old or how close to home they are.

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"Help others be aware of the dangers of riding without the proper safety equipment," she pleaded. "The injuries my son had were equal to those in a motorcycle accident ... this can happen to anyone."

I know I've been guilty of letting my kids skip the helmet on occasion—never again.

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