This past July, our daughter Chloe was riding her bike home from piano lessons when she fell and hit her head. She did not have a helmet on and received a nasty bump that we thought would go away with an ice pack, but two hours later she was still in a lot of pain.

I took her to see our pediatrician, who diagnosed a slight concussion. We were told to watch her and she should show improvement the next day. Well, the next morning she was still in a lot of pain and didn't seem better, so I took her to the doctor again. To our horror, we were told Chloe had a epideral hemotoma, which is, basically, bleeding under the skull, putting dangerous pressure on the brain. She'd also fractured her skull from her forehead down to her eye socket. We were told that she needed immediate surgery or her condition would prove to be fatal.With the help and caring of more people than I can ever remember names for, Chloe was operated on successfully, and the next morning the follow-up CAT scan showed everything had gone perfectly. Five days after the surgery, Chloe was sent home and hasn't had even a headache to speak of since.

Throughout the whole of this ordeal, we have been so conscious of the wonderful way everyone at all the medical facilities Chloe went to carried their responsibilities through in such a concerned and professional manner. We would give a list of names of every wonderful staff person who helped Chloe, but there were so many, we would be sure to leave someone out. We would like to thank Dr. Joseph Newton, who has been such a good help to our entire family and is retiring this month to serve a medical mission to Russia.

This Christmas season, my husband and I are so thankful for all the many blessings we enjoy, but we are especially grateful that our sweet little daughter Chloe is still with us and as healthy as ever. We know it is nothing short of a miracle.

The staff at the emergency room at Primary Children's told us that accidents caused by riding on bikes, rollerblades and skateboards are among the most common seen at emergency rooms. As wonderful as this experience has turned out and the many lessons we've learned from it, it would be better if no child would ever have to go through it.

Before you let your child ride their new Christmas toy on wheels without a helmet, if even for a short drive around your street, please, remember Chloe and think again.

Liz Huber