She was rushed to hospital via Ambulance and after a series of tests and scans was allowed to go home. She suffered (amongst a whole list of other injuries) fractured sinuses, a fractured eye socket, fractured cheekbone, severe bruising & swelling to her face, and internal bruising to her head.
Even now, a month on, Helen is suffering from headaches, toothache and severe tiredness, not to mention the brain 'fuzziness' (to be honest I think she suffered from that before!), and she is not allowed to take part in any sporting activity for 3 months, which disappointingly means she will miss the Manchester to Blackpool fundraising bike ride in July in support of Christies, a cause close to her heart.
Helen and another of her friends, Kate (who is also the A&E nurse that treated Helen on her arrival at hospital), have started a Facebook page Helmet v No Helmet When Cycling to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a helmet whilst riding a bike. The following is taken from the Brake (road safety charity) website :
A 2002 USA study found more than 100,000 cycling head injuries could have been prevented in 1997 if all USA cyclists had been wearing helmets.
If a cyclist is knocked off their bike, there is a good chance their head will hit the road. Nearly 50% of cyclist admissions to hospital are for head and facial injuries, and the majority of cyclist deaths and injuries are a result of head injury.A helmet dramatically reduces the risk of skull fracture when a cyclist’s head hits an object or the road. It also reduces their chances of concussion and protects their head from cuts and scrapes.These are pictures taken of Helen shortly after the accident, and remember she WAS wearing a helmet, so it doesn't bear thinking about what she would've been like had she not been wearing one.
Don't be afraid to show these to your children, obviously if they are old enough to understand, and explain to them that if this can happen whilst wearing a helmet much worse could happen if they are not.
Halford's have been kind enough to offer readers of this blog the chance to win a Bell Faction Bike Helmet worth £24.99.
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