A MOTHER has spoken of the terrifying moment that her young son was left fighting for life after a serious cycling accident.
Seven-year-old Ronan Eyles of Dishforth in North Yorkshire had just returned home from playing football with his friends when decided to play out on his bike.
He grabbed his helmet and set off outside his house when he accidentally rode into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
His mum Tina Eyles ran out after hearing the impact and has spoken of the horror of seeing Roman lying on the road.
She said: “I heard this loud bang and I knew instantly it was him.
"I rushed out and found him lying in a pool of blood.
"The poor driver of the vehicle was stood there in shock and I thought I had lost Ronan that day.”
Due to the severity of Ronan’s injuries and his remote location, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were dispatched.
After an assessment by their Critical Care Team, a decision was made to fly Ronan to Leeds General Infirmary, 20 miles away.
Tests at the hospital revealed that Ronan had a small bleed on the brain.
He spent three nights in hospital and was told he wasn’t able to take part in any sport for six weeks whilst he recovered.
Ronan thankfully made a full recovery from the incident in May last year and he is now back on his bike, but watching more carefully for the traffic.
Ms Eyles believes that it was his helmet that saved him from a more serious brain injury and expressed her gratitude to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance team.
She said: “I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you so much, because they were so brilliant and I honestly think if it wasn’t for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the fact that he was wearing a helmet, he would have been in a different situation.”
Ms Eyles shared her story to feature on an episode of Helicopter ER which is made by York-based Air TV who have won five Royal Television Society awards for their work on the compelling series.
The episode, which airs at 10pm on Channel Really on July 6 also features a worker crushed in Halifax and a bike crash in the Yorkshire Dales.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves 5million people and carries out over 1,500 missions every year.