Teen out of coma after horrific long-boarding accident

Posted: April 24, 2014 by kirisyko in Boarding, Long Boarding, Skate boarding
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Ryan Carroll
Ryan Carroll


An East Bay teenager has made a remarkable recovery just one month after a devastating skateboarding accident.

Just two and a half weeks ago Ryan Carroll was in a coma after the Santa Barbara City College student suffered a serious head-injury after crashing on a long-board.

Now that Carroll is out of a coma and returning to his old self, he’s become a huge advocate for helmet use.

“I was like one step above clinical death,” he said.

Carroll returned home last Saturday after a rough month in the ICU rehabbing from his injuries.

“I went to sleep on the 19th, and woke up on April 10th or something like that in the hospital. It was crazy,” he said.

On March 20th Carroll was riding a long-board, which is essentially a big skateboard more stable at high speeds, when he crashed.

“I feel like I should have been wearing a helmet and I feel like I should have been a little more cautious,” he said.

After coming out of the coma, he struggled to regain his speech and movement. The injury has also changed his sense of taste.

“With any remote sweet taste in it, it just tastes like Oreos now. And it’s really annoying because you can have only so many Oreos,” Carroll said.

The teen’s mother was an advocate for helmet use before the accident. Now she demands it of all of her children.

“I will say as I was wandering around Santa Barbara while I was down there, everywhere I looked, there were kids skating around without helmets on. And it was really hard for me to not stop people and give them a story,” explained Terri Carroll.

Just three days before Ryan Carroll crashed, a 20-year-old woman from Martinez was not so lucky.  Kate Hopkins was also in a long-boarding accident.  She died from her injuries.

“It was scary to realize that I was that close to death and that someone who had the same exact experience as me had died. So, it was quite a reality check,” Carroll said.

Carroll is still having trouble with his short term memory.  His medical bills, mostly covered by Kaiser, already total in the millions.

see more:http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/teen-out-coma-after-horrific-long-boarding-acciden/nfggH/

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