As you all know life can change in the blink of an eye but it never really sinks in until it happens to you.
13 days ago I sent a text to my son as he was going to skateboard down to my office to get a ride home, I texted, "Dont mess about mate, I need to get outta here early" I got no reply text.
About 35 minutes later I got a phone call from the Duty Doctor at the local hospital saying my son was there in the E.R and he was unconscious. He had come off his longboard and was not wearing a helmet. When I arrived at the ER my son ( Michael ) was indeed out cold, he was in a neck brace, he had IV's everywhere and they were busy inserting a Catheter into him. I spent 3 long days and nights in the Critical Care Unit, he was unconscious most of the time only waking for a few minutes here and there and only long enough to throw up repeatedly in to little paper bowls, the first 72 hours were the toughest of my life bare none.
Fast forward to yesterday, I bought my son home. He has permanently lost all hearing in his right ear and has facial Palsy that may or may not get better over time not to mention that he has no recollection of the accident. Two fractures to his skull and many abrasions. His DR said he doged a bullet, he had seen lesser injuries claim lives. Michael as you can imagine is thankful to be alive, but shattered at the same time that his dream of joining the armed forces is no longer an option. We ALL have a lot of healing to do.
My son for a 19 year old is amazing and his attitude throughout this entire ordeal has been one of a person well above his years, I am so very proud of him.
As we were on the couch talking he asked me if I thought I could produce a video with my Scarlet that would promote the use of Helmets for Skateboard and Scooter riders in NZ. I said “it could be done, why?” He told me that he would like to go around the schools in our area and maybe blow them away with a cool short movie on what happened to him and why it so important to wear protective gear, maybe get a couple of famous riders to pipe in. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it is a fantastic idea and if my son is willing to be “spokesman” I am willing to do all I can to make it happen.
To be honest, I have no idea where to start with a project like this and because it is so important to both my son and myself, I want to do it right.
So team, I am looking for some resources and ideas here…
If anyone would like to be involved in this project and donate some time, ideas and skills I would love to start an open discussion on how to accomplish it. If the message gets through to just one child, it will all be worth it, no parent should go through such an ordeal that could have so simply been avoided.
or email.. johnbannister at globalblackops dot com
Heart felt thanks to all...