Boy 'lucky to be alive' after falling off bike without a helmet

Why you need to wear a helmet while riding a bike.
Why you need to wear a helmet while riding a bike.  Photo: Facebook/Tiffany A Rivera

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When 10-year-old Jaden fell off his bike, his only complaint was about his elbow and knee. Two days later, doctors said he's lucky to be alive.

Now his mum, Tiffany A Rivera, is sharing their story to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a helmet.

In a post on Facebook earlier this month, Rivera said her son fell off his bike while riding without a helmet. "He showed no signs of trauma and continued about his day," she explained.

Two days later Jaden had a headache and noticeable swelling. 

"After looking at Jaden you could see swelling around his right temple. The spot on his temple was not hard, more like really squishy," Rivera said.

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

While taking her son to Saint Mary's Children's hospital, Jaden began to vomit.

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"The diagnosis was right temporal fracture of the skull and right temporal epidural hematoma," Rivera said. "The Doctors explained to me that my son need emergency surgery within the hour to try and save his life."

Jaden's chance of survival was 50/50.

"They performed a right frontotemporal craniotomy, removal of the epidural hematoma and had to place a wire mesh cranioplasty on his skull," she said.

Surgeons told the family, "it was a miracle he survived."

In April, Jaden turned 11 and the good news is, he has "almost no permanent damage or disability."

Rivera shared pictures of her son on Facebook hoping they would be shared, saying her son's injuries were "equal to those in a motorcycle accident."

"I am telling you this in hopes to raise awareness for all children and adults why you need to wear a helmet," Rivera wrote. 

"Help others be aware of the dangers of riding without the proper safety equipment."

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