Skateboard crash boy urges skaters to wear helmets

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Sid HudsonImage source, Kirsty Hudson
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Sid Hudson, 16, said he was "alive and happy" as he recovers from his head injury

A boy who almost died in a fall at a skate park has said he would now urge skaters to wear safety helmets, even if it "doesn't look cool".

Sid Hudson, 16, from Bury St Edmunds, suffered a "catastrophic" head injury in the crash on ramps in the town in July, when he was not wearing a helmet.

He was treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and put in a medically-induced coma but returned home three weeks ago.

Sid said he felt grateful to be alive.

He said it was not natural to wear a helmet in the skateboarding culture because it "messes up your balance" and "it doesn't look cool".

"But now that I have had this injury, I realise that I'd rather not look cool than break my head open again or die even," said the teenager.

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Sid was put in a medically-induced coma after the skateboard crash

Sid spent four weeks in hospital following the crash on 11 July.

He said could not fully remember what happened but was trying a new skateboarding trick at the time.

Others have told him a small rock stopped his board and forced him into a ramp.

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Sid returned home after a month in hospital

The teenager said it was "horrible" when he woke up from the coma.

"It felt like I had just woken up from a nightmare but I was still in a nightmare," he said.

He said he was struggling to come to terms with how little he could do as he recovered from his injuries but said: "I'm alive and I'm happy.

"I'm loving everything and I just want to spread awareness about this because I never thought a little rock would cause this much injury."

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Sid was injured at the skate park in Bury St Edmunds

Sid's mum Kirsty Hudson previously said medics "thought he was going to die as it was such a catastrophic injury".

It has not, however, put her son off the hobby.

"I would love to skateboard again," said Sid.

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