Kallum Sparke has awoken from a three-week coma after surviving a motocross bike accident.
Kallum Sparke has awoken from a three-week coma after surviving a motocross bike accident.

Miracle boy emerges from coma

DOCTORS and family have dubbed Kallum Sparke a ‘miracle boy’ after he emerged from a coma after crashing his motocross bike at Emu Creek Extreme Retreat near Tabulam on January 3.

A neurosurgeon at Lismore Base Hospital said the Alstonville lad would not make it.

But Kallum’s family are rejoicing after the 19-year-old mechanic woke last Tuesday and started asking where his dirt bike was.

“He doesn’t realise three weeks have passed,” said his mum, Julie Sparke.

“We have a long way to go but he is our miracle boy. Neighbours be warned, he will be back!”

Kallum suffered a brain injury, collapsed lungs, a bruised heart, a dislocated elbow, several broken ribs plus breaks to his ankle, a bone in his foot, his wrist and his arm in four places when he hit a jump too fast, overshot the landing and fell 10 metres to the ground.

He was transported by helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital before being transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.

Mrs Sparke said the week she and husband Kerry spent staying in a motel near the hospital was like ‘a holiday from hell’.

“Our life has been turned upside down. It’s not something any mother would want to go through,” she said.

“The doctors have said he will return to a fully independent life and that is all we could hope for.”

Mrs Sparke said her son’s survival was thanks to his safety equipment, the work of the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter crew, medical staff, and the thoughts and prayers of friends and family.

“You can’t wrap your kids in cotton wool. Kallum has been riding motocross since he was four,” she said. 

“As with any extreme sport you have to accept the risks.

“I think he will ride again, even though I would prefer it if he chose another sport.”



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