Seven year old Ronan had just come home from football with his friends and had decided to play on his bike. He grabbed his helmet and set off outside his house when he accidentally rode into the pathway of an oncoming vehicle. His mum ran out after hearing the impact.
Tina Eyles, Ronan’s mum, 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 (32.19 km) 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, and he is now back on his bike, but watching more carefully for the traffic. His mum believes that it was his helmet that saved him from a more serious brain injury.
Speaking of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Tina 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.
The episode, which airs at 10pm on Channel Really on 6th July 2020 also features a worker crushed in Halifax and a bike crash in the Yorkshire Dales.
Helicopter ER is made by York-based Air TV who have won five Royal Television Society awards for their work on the compelling series. You can catch up on any missed episodes for free on D Play: https://www.dplay.co.uk/show/helicopter-er
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves 5million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,500 missions every year. The charity operates two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.