Valley crash nightmare: ‘Safety gear saved my son’s life’
IF it wasn't for the safety gear her son was wearing while out motocrossing with his mates, things could've been a whole lot worse.
Jack Janssen, 15, of Imbil was riding with several of his mates at a property on the corner of Mary Valley Rd and Moy Pocket Rd at about 10am last Sunday when he was involved in a serious crash.
His Dad Wayne Langton had just dropped him off at his friend's place just down the road. By the time he arrived home, his wife Christina Langton received a call saying their son had fallen off his bike and was injured. They rushed back to the scene where everyone was applying first aid to Jack. A call to 000 was made and within 15 minutes, paramedics arrived.
Jack was placed in a neck brace and put on a spinal board before being transported under lights and sirens to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
His mother Christina followed her son to the hospital.
"Jack was going over a small mount with his motorbike when he went over the handlebars and his head and shoulders ploughed into the ground," Mrs Langton said.
"In the first 36 hours of the injury, Jack suffered amnesia and couldn't remember what had happened that day and the day before. You would tell him something and he'd forget, it was very frightening seeing him confused and in that state.
Jack broke his left wrist, right thumb and his left collarbone, but was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, three days after the incident.
The amnesia has worn off but the details of the incident are still quite raw.
"I'm just glad that my husband and I invested in top of the range equipment for Jack," she said.
"We've spoken to quite a few paramedics, doctors and specialists who have all said the same thing. He is alive because the equipment he was wearing saved him.
"At the end of the day it is nobody's fault, but riders should all be equipped with safety gear. It should be mandatory that when you buy the bike, you have to buy the gear."
Mrs Langton said the outpouring of community support this week has left her in tears.
"We've received lovely messages and cards from the community. Jack works at the Rattler and his boss has been absolutely amazing asking us if there is anything we need, we just need to say so," she said.
"The staff at Sunshine Coast University Hospital went above and beyond to ensure Jack was well looked after. They were amazing.
"The friend's parents did a great job at looking after him and letting us know straight away that something was wrong. They helped Jack remain calm and they were vigilant not to move him etc.
Jack who is a student at Mary Valley State School will have the next couple of weeks off to recover but his teachers and head of department Craig Wilson are offering everything they can to ensure he doesn't miss a thing. Mr Wilson remains in constant contact with Jack's family to see how everything is going.
"Of course I was worried about him but I wanted to remain strong so that he wouldn't worry. At the hospital there were times when I would leave the room and just break down," Mrs Langton said.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare. It just breaks your heart when you see your children involved in these accidents. He won't be allowed to ride for some time and he's disappointed. He just loves riding."
Jack's broken wrist and collarbone should heal in two months.
"It's just so important that parents are aware how important good safety gear is and that every rider is equipped before going for a ride," she said.
"You wear a seatbelt in a car, wear protective gear while riding. It's just that simple."