A DAD-OF-TWO was left with horrific injuries when he had a freak accident while riding his son’s scooter.
Geoff Ward was enjoying an afternoon out with his family at Castle Field in Southsea when the accident happened.
The 38-year-old, from Gosport, was riding down a hill on a scooter given to son Tae as a gift for his 11th birthday when he fell, fracturing his skull, shattering his collarbone and breaking three ribs.
At one point his family feared he might die or be left with permanent brain damage.
Now his wife Leanne, 34, is urging people to ensure they wear a safety helmet when riding scooters.
Mrs Ward said: ‘We all went down to get a bit of fresh air.
‘My son got the scooter for his birthday and we hadn’t really given it a good test run.
‘Geoff wanted to have a go. I shouted to him “Geoff, be careful, put your foot on the brake the whole way”.’
‘As he went past he said “what was that? I’ll be alright” and sped up.
‘He was alright all the way down the hill, then he did about six somersaults.
‘He hit his head about three times and fractured his skull.
‘People just don’t always think to put their helmets on, like we didn’t.
‘It’s so important. We wouldn’t have been questioning whether he was brain damaged if he’d had a helmet on.’
Mrs Ward rushed to her husband’s aid, and was assisted by a passer-by who had witnessed the fall.
Mr Ward was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham following the accident last Saturday afternoon.
Medics had hoped to transfer him to Southampton General Hospital but he was not in a stable enough condition.
Mr Ward was put in an induced coma but regained consciousness on Sunday.
It was initially thought he could be left brain damaged, but Mrs Ward says medics are now more positive.
She added: ‘He’s lucky to be alive.
‘There was one point on the Saturday when I had to make the decision to take the children in to see him because it could have been the last time they saw him alive.
‘It’s been horrific. All the kids want to do is go up and be by his bedside.
‘The staff at QA have been absolutely unbelievable.
‘The doctors and nurses couldn’t do enough for him, and the support from my family and friends has been mindblowing.
‘I couldn’t have coped without them.’