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Old 05-09-2004, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Injured boy walks 2km to save dad

Yes they should have been wearing helmets but what courage shown by this little boy.

Bloody amazing.


Injured boy walks 2km to save dad
By Larissa Cummings
May 10, 2004

WITH every rib in his little body broken and his lungs on the verge of collapsing, seven-year-old Tyler Moon trudged through 2km of bushland to save his father's life.

Tyler and dad David, 40, had been zooming around on the family's quad bike in bushland next to their property near Milton, on the New South Wales south coast.

But in a freak accident on Saturday morning, the bike hit a large wedge of wood and jolted suddenly, throwing the pair over the handlebars.

The bike landed on top of David, with the motor still running.

Tyler's mother, Gail, said her son was as "white as a ghost" when he reached the door of their home, about 10am.

"Daddy told me to tell you he needs an ambulance," was all the youngster could muster before he collapsed, Mrs Moon said.

She immediately phoned their nearest neighbour, Noel Brereton who helped David to crawl free from the bike.

"I want to thank Mr Brereton and the NRMA Careflight officers who have helped to save my family's life," she said.

"It's been the biggest shock of my life. I'm just thankful they're alive because it could've been a lot worse."

NRMA Careflight director Ian Badham said he will be recommending Tyler to the Royal Humane Society for a bravery award.

"What Tyler did was above and beyond the call of duty," he said.

"In reality, Tyler's injuries were probably worse than his Dad's and if he didn't walk to find help, it's possible both he and his dad wouldn't be here.

"Kids seem to have an amazing ability to carry-on and push themselves when adults can't."

Mrs Moon said her husband and son rode the family's $11,000 Kawasaki quad bike every weekend through a network of bush trails in the forest backing on to their 2.8ha property.

"They do it all the time. This was just a freak accident," she said.

Mrs Moon said the pair were not wearing helmets.

Tyler was conscious and in a stable condition yesterday, managing to weakly ask his mother if his dad was OK.

Mr Moon suffered internal injuries and was rushed back into surgery yesterday morning. His condition remains critical.

Mrs Moon said she last spoke to her husband just before he went into surgery on Saturday night.

"He was laughing with me and saying he'd be going home tomorrow," she said.

The family moved to the south coast, where Mr Moon works as a detail manager for Holden in Ulladulla, four years ago.

Mrs Moon said she has received a flood of support from the south coast community.

"I've had a lot of phone calls from people throughout the night," she said.

Mr Badham said quad bikes were notorious for accidents.

"Quad bikes is an apt name because they turn people into quadriplegics," he said.

"We go to at least one accident every month involving these bikes.

"They offer no protection for the riders."

The Daily Telegraph
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Old 05-09-2004, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wowwwwwww. That was so brave he must have been in so much pain i feel sorry for him but am proud of him. What a awesome kid.
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Old 05-09-2004, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-09-2004, 02:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by cchris
Injured boy walks 2km to save dad
By Larissa Cummings
May 10, 2004

Seriously, that's pretty awe-inspiring. That kid deserves many awards for that.
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Old 05-09-2004, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That boy is alot tougher than many hardened, experienced adults.

I have to admit, I doubt I'd be able to pull of something like this.
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Old 05-09-2004, 04:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Damn. Thats fuckin badass. Seriously, when I was a kid, there was no way I woulda been able to function through that kinda pain. Thats so hardcore. That kid deserves that award.
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Old 05-09-2004, 04:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow! That's amazing.

Any form of biking can be dangerous if you're not being careful. My journalism teacher's husband was thrown off his bike and now he is paralysed from the waist down. He's now an inspirational speaker for kids around the state.
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Old 05-09-2004, 07:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
Wow, that is one tough kid. He deserves a big award and lots of chocolate.
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Old 05-10-2004, 04:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I listened to a great interview this afternoon on the way to work on our major AM talkback station where they spoke to the doctor that was on board and delivered the initial first aid on the father.
He described the injuries the boy recieved quite frankly and the emotion was evident as he related the fact that a seven yr old boy with every rib on one side of his body broken,a puncture in both lungs and a broken arm walked back just intent on getting help for his Dad.
He could hardly breathe and was literally close to death when he came in and told his Mum.
They had to drain both lungs and it was touch and go with him for most of Saturday night,but when he was able to communicate properly the first thing he said was "is Dad alright"?

I nearly had to stop the car.

That is so fucking special.

This kid is a hero and will grow up to be a very talented and inspirational adult.
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Old 05-10-2004, 08:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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All I have to say is that this little kid is a badass.

Although, if it were my dad trapped like that, I would do the same thing.
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Old 05-18-2004, 06:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Follow up:

A great end to an extraordinary story of courage and willpower.

What a champion.


Bravest boy in Australia goes home


May 19, 2004

HE'S a big hero, but all little Tyler Moon wanted yesterday was just to go home.

The seven-year-old left hospital yesterday with his father David, whose life he had saved 10 days earlier when he trekked 2km through rugged bushland with nine broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade to get help after their quad bike overturned.

While praising the medical staff who treated them, Mr Moon said both he and his son had had enough of hospital life.

"It's great to be going home," Mr Moon told The Daily Telegraph. "We can't wait to get back home and smell the bush again."

Mr Moon and Tyler were both seriously injured in the accident in Croobyar State Forest near their Milton property on May 8.

They were riding a quad bike on a bush track when a lump of wood became caught in a front wheel, flipping the bike over.

Tyler, who was seated behind his father, was thrown off and struck by the bike. A badly injured Mr Moon was trapped beneath the overturned bike.

In extreme pain and having difficultly breathing because of his broken ribs, Tyler walked home through rough terrain to summon help.
His mother Gail said Tyler collapsed moments after telling her: "Daddy needs an ambulance."

Neighbour Noel Brereton was the first to find Mr Moon, who was clutching his abdomen.
"He said to me, 'I'm almost up'," Mr Brereton said.
Mr Moon and his son were flown from Milton by separate NRMA CareFlight helicopters.

They have been in neighbouring hospitals in Randwick -- Sydney Children's Hospital and the Prince of Wales -- since.

Father and son were finally discharged yesterday after Mr Moon, 39, recovered from his internal injuries.
Tyler was still sore from his busted ribs and shoulder blade.
Mr Moon, an upholsterer with a love of the bush and quad bikes, hinted it would not be long before he and Tyler returned to the track which almost ended their biking days. "It's a rough track but it's a beautiful part of the world," he said.

While Mr Moon said he and Tyler were feeling "100 per cent better", Tyler looked pale as he left hospital and was still wearing a sling to help heal his broken bones -- but he managed a wave for The Daily Telegraph.
"We're glad to be going home," Mr Moon said.

Mrs Moon, who drove her son and husband home in the family sedan, said the dramas had taken their toll, with the past 10 days being a bit of blur.
But no one will forget Tyler's actions. He was been nominated for a bravery award and has received a flood of fan mail from his mates at Milton Public School.

Tyler's first concern on waking up in hospital was for his father.
They were finally reunited late last week when both were moved out of intensive care and into general wards.
"Tyler has always been a hero in my eyes -- now he's a hero in everyone's eyes," Mrs Moon, 37, said after the accident.

"He's the greatest kid in the world."
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Old 05-18-2004, 06:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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zowie... I've had a quad on top of me before, so I know how much that must've sucked, but that being said, I walked away from the accident after my buddy pulled it off of me, so their accident must've been a little more serious. Either that or I'm simply indestructable. either/or.
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Old 05-18-2004, 06:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 05-18-2004, 03:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
Wow, a badass indeed. Up there with Aron Ralston!
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Old 05-18-2004, 03:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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ouch, thats amazing what that kid did i hope he didnt feel as much pain as they said
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Old 05-18-2004, 04:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I had a quad roll over on me and I almost passed out. At 7 i don't think i could have done what that kid did. Very cool.
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Old 05-18-2004, 06:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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