Central Highlands ambos warn of Christmas dangers
MAX Driver was riding his penny board with his five-year-old son Ashton for only 10 minutes when disaster struck.
The father-of-two was not wearing a helmet and fell off his board. He sustained two fractures to the skull and bleeding on his brain.
Max's partner Katrina, a former Emerald resident, was by his bedside while he was in a coma after the accident on Sunday, December 8, and is putting out a message to all families this Christmas.
"If you or your child wants to ride bikes, penny boards, skateboards and scooters - wear a helmet and do it up, because it will save your life," she said.
"We always thought it'll never happen to us, but it has. There is nothing more scary than seeing your loved one fighting for their life."
Emerald ambulance officer-in-charge Michael Day said the ambos were expecting to be busy over the Christmas period.
He encouraged residents to supervise their children, drive safely, and drink alcohol in moderation to have a safe holiday.
"Children need to be supervised with new toys, especially with trampolines and riding bikes and skateboards, and it is important they have protective equipment on," he said.
"They must always be supervised around swimming pools, and make sure children don't have access to things they can swallow, especially magnets and button batteries, which can be fatal."
Michael said it was also important children, and adults, were kept hydrated at all times.