Two days after a teenager in the U.K. received a serious head injury, her mother issued a gut-wrenching plea for parents to make sure that their kids are always wearing a helmet when skateboarding or riding a bicycle.
19-year-old Georgia Fairthorne was skateboarding in Pembrokeshire on Friday when her board caught a stone and she fell down on the pavement. Her sister Hermione, who was with her at the time, quickly told their mother, Emma, who rushed to the scene.
After reportedly regaining consciousness, first responders took her to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. She underwent brain surgery and is in intensive care.
In a Facebook video, Emma sorely regretted that her daughter had not been wearing a helmet. While she acknowledged that some kids might think that "it's not cool to wear a helmet," Emma wanted to make it clear that "not wearing a helmet could be a life or death choice."
"Take care of your kids and give them helmets," she said. "Cause it only took that one second."
As of August 11, her video has received over one million views.
According to the CDC, about half of the estimated 515,000 people who sustained serious bicycle-related injuries in 2010 were children. The CDC's recommendation is also clear: anyone who does not wear a helmet on a bicycle has an increased risk of head injury.
While her daughter is reportedly in stable condition now, Fairthorne said that she wants to start a national campaign to promote helmet safety awareness.
A Plus reached out to Fairthorne for a comment.