The boy had been attempting to skate a large concrete “half-pipe” and was not wearing a helmet. His friend told the 911 operator that he was “bleeding intensely.”
He was not conscious or responding when the ambulance arrived and deteriorated further at the hospital. Even though there was no chance of recovery, his parents made the decision to keep their teenaged son on a ventilator so that eight of his organs could be donated to others in need. Greif counselors were on hand at Eiland’s high school, where the boy played soccer.
Health parents showed their son’s picture at a public appearance and reminded kids everywhere to wear a helmet while skateboarding – it could have saved their son’s life.
While many kids know that they should wear helmet while riding a bike or rollerblading, fewer kids seem to realize that helmets are important when skateboarding, too, especially when attempting new tricks or skating on uneven surfaces.