A West Country mum has made an impassioned plea for young people to wear helmets while skateboarding after her daughter suffered a devastating head injury earlier this month.
Emma Fairthorne recorded the video message, which has been viewed by more one million people online, after her daughter Georgia fell off a board while visiting relations in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The 19-year-old has been in an induced coma following the fall earlier this month.
She has undergone surgery for a bleed on the brain and her family are facing an anxious wait for her to regain consciousness.
In the video, Ms Fairthorne urged other parents to “take care” to ensure that their children wore helmets while taking part in the popular pastime.
“I wish as a mum that I had provided her with a helmet. I’m just praying the best possible outcome happens for her,” she said.
“I don’t know what quality of life she is going to have, if she makes it through the next few days, my beautiful, beautiful girl.
“It should have been a broken ankle or wrist or a few cuts and scrapes but not brain surgery and intensive care.”
In a follow-up video, the mum said that Georgia remained stable and medics at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales had been encouraged by “positive signs.”
Since her original message went viral, Ms Fairthorne has been sent a number of images of mums and dads around the world purchasing helmets for their children.
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