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"I was going across the street. I thought I could beat the car. But I was wrong."
Ricky Barker was 13 years old.
He was riding home on his two-wheel bicycle.
He saw a car coming.
He believed he could cross the street before the car did. He was wrong.
The car was travelling at eighty kilometres per hour.
It hit Ricky. And it threw him nine meters in the air.
He landed head first.
His head and neck hit the side of the road.
The bone at the base of his head became separated from the bone at the top of his back.
His head remained in the correct position--but it was only skin and muscles that held it there.
Ricky lay on the ground.
But no one moved him or touched him.
This was very important.
Moving an injured person can cause great damage.
Only trained medical workers should move an injured person.
Ricky said: "If someone had moved me or touched me in some way, then I may not be talking to you right now. I may be dead."
An ambulance arrived to take Ricky to hospital.
The medical workers tried hard to save him.
He was seriously injured.
He needed machines to help him breathe.
He could not talk. And he could not move his body.
In fact, Ricky went into a deep sleep--a coma.
At the hospital the doctors did not know if they could save him.
People with injuries like Ricky's usually die.