A boy has been airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead following a bike accident at Mona Vale.
At around 4.00pm today (Sunday, 13 September) the 12-year-old boy was riding a BMX bike in the company of others at a home-made earthworks jump over Cahill Creek at the end of Suzanne Road, Mona Vale, adjoining Whitney Reserve.
Two other boys at the scene said the boy was jumping the creek when he landed awkwardly and came off the bike, landing on his head. The witnesses say the boy was left unconscious as a result of the accident.
NSW Police and NSW Ambulance attended the scene and the CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter was called because of the nature of the boy’s injury, arriving within 15 minutes.
According to CareFlight, the boy sustained facial injuries from the impact. CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic performed a clinical assessment on the boy and conducted an ultrasound at the scene of the incident.
After being stabilised at the scene, local residents formed a human chain to assist emergency services lifting the boy smoothly out of the gully to avoid further injury.
The boy’s mother was at the scene and comforted him as he was loaded into the CareFlight helicopter, which has taken him to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. CareFlight reported he was airlifted in a stable condition.
UPDATE 19 September: It is understood the boy is now home from hospital. He will be in a neck and spine brace for eight weeks but will otherwise make a full recovery.
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