‘My helmet saved my life’: 11-year-old girl blinded in horror bike smash makes her own viral awareness video
An 11-year-old girl whose life was saved by her helmet when she was hit by a van on her way to school has made a viral awareness video to help keep other children safe.
Shocking photographs show Amey Hogan recovering in hospital after the horror smash on June 26 left her with two fractures to her skull, smashed cheekbones, a shattered and collapsed mouth, broken jaw and nose and damaged teeth.
Amey was coming out of her friend’s driveway on her way to school in Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shrewsbury, Shrops, and had entered a blind spot when she was knocked off her bicycle by the passing van.
After two weeks in hospital and surgery to fix her broken jaw and cheekbones she has now recovered – but has lost the eyesight in her right eye permanently.
The 11-year-old made a viral awareness video urging other children to wear their helmets – which proud mum Vikki Hogan, 35, didn’t even know about until she realised it had more than 46,000 views online.
In the video, Amey said: “Be careful on bikes. Don’t rush, but most importantly wear a helmet when biking.
“It saved my life, it could save yours too.”
Mum-of-four Vikki, a beauty therapist, said she can’t believe her daughter’s strength and the way she has dealt with her accident.
Vikki said: “She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time – she was very lucky nothing worse happened.
“The helmet absolutely saved her life and that is the reason she made the video.
“She says she doesn’t want other people to go through what she has.
“We are very thankful to all ambulance and hospital staff that treated Amey and helped her have a speedy recovery – they were all amazing.”
Amey, who loved cross country running, ballet and gymnastics, will return to school in September, but for now is concentrating on getting better – with the help of the family’s new puppy, Sid.
The 11-year-old used an app to create the photo montage video, which has since been seen by thousands of other youngsters online.
Vikki added: “She is not back to school yet but she will be in September – for now she’s happy spending time with her friends.
West Mercia Police are investigating the accident, but it is not believed the driver was at fault.