Skate mates rally around teen battling head injuries
THE city's skateboarding fraternity is rallying behind a Gladstone teenager battling a shocking head injury.
Matt Bonney is in the high-dependency unit of the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane after he fell from his skateboard on Glenlyon Rd on Sunday.
He was not wearing a helmet when he skated down a steep hill near the Tondoon Botanic Gardens at 1.30pm.
The youngster was found unconscious in the middle of the road near the bottom of the hill.
It's believed he suffered several fractures to his skull and has a brain bleed.
The Gladstone State High School student's parents are rushing home from a holiday in India to be by his bedside.
Gladstone teenagers are taking to Facebook to share their support for the lad and to issue a poignant safety message.
The skateboarding community is urging kids to upload a selfie with a helmet to the Facebook page No Helmet No Wheels! Support for Matt Bonney.
About 785 people had joined the group as of Tuesday morning, sharing messages of support for Matt and his family.
A spokesperson from the Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service said Matt was in a stable condition
Gladstone PCYC branch manager Sergeant Mick Newell was off-duty when he discovered Matt.
Sgt Newell was travelling home from Rockhampton with his wife when they found the boy, seconds after he had come off his skateboard.
He applied basic first aid while his wife Catriona alerted emergency services. The pair also attempted to divert traffic.
"I placed him in the recovery position while controlling his airways and neck position," Sgt Newell said.
"We looked after him as best we could. Two off-duty paramedics arrived on scene not long afterwards before he was taken to hospital."
Sgt Newell confirmed the Gladstone teenager was alone at the time of the incident.
It is believed the young skateboarder landed on his head as he lost control of his skateboard while nearing the bottom of the hill.
Safety warnings are signposted on the hill, warning road users of the steep 18% gradient.
WHAT THEY SAID ON FACEBOOK:
We are all your family man look at the supporters we have gor for you man plz come home soon everyone already misses you - Korey
Always making us laugh, always making us smile! Wish to hear you and your witty little comebacks and jokes again soon - Kathleen
Matt will be fine hes in good hands... he is strong and wont give up without a fight!! Get better soon xx - Amber
I know we're not friends Matt, but I believe you can pull through. Stay positive everyone - Madison
You can pull through this bro - Jay
I don't know you but seeing those ambulance speed to rescue you was pretty heartbreaking.. This is a long recovery but little champ you're not ready to leave yet u got your whole life ahead of you, you have a big heart, a family the size of gtown including ur friends that ain't going anywhere until you're home - Kikka
Stay strong matt my boy you can make it though this bro always hear for you bro come home soon man miss you love you as a best mate - Harley