A 16-year-old boy from Northwest Austin was pronounced brain dead following a skateboard accident and head injury he sustained the day before. According to the Austin Statesman, Anderson High School tenth grader, Heath Eiland, was fatally injured in an accident on Tuesday when he fell 25 feet while skateboarding near MoPac Boulevard and Parmer Lane. His friends called 911, and Eiland was rushed from the drainage ditch to St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.
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. Grief counselors were on hand at Eiland’s high school, where the boy played soccer.
Heath's 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 a 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.