Schoolboy left fighting for life with horror head injuries after fall at skatepark

A brave Scots schoolboy was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital with a suspected concussion following a fall from his scooter.

Jake Scott, 11, had been out with a pal at his local skatepark in his hometown of Bathgate, West Lothian, in September last year when he fell and hit his head. 

The youngster, who was just ten years old at the time of the accident, was taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston by his dad with a suspected concussion.

However, just as Jake was set to be discharged after being checked over by doctors he began vomiting and was told he’d have to stay in overnight as a precaution.

But within hours the schoolboy’s body had become unresponsive and he was struggling to keep his eyes open.

His brother John, 34, who is now raising money for the hospital, said: “He had been at the skate park and fell and hit his head.

“There was fortunately a group of adults who had seen it and had comforted him and his friend.

“They phoned my dad who was a couple of minutes away and went down and took him up to hospital.

“At first they just thought it was a concussion and were just going to keep in hospital for a couple of hours.

“He had just been given the green light to go home and sat up to put his trainers on and was sick, so they said they were going to have to keep him in overnight to monitor him but said it was just a precaution, they had no concerns and he’d be the first person out in the morning.”

Medics soon discovered Jake had suffered a subdued hematoma – a serious condition where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain – and required urgent surgery to save his life.

The ten-year-old was quickly transferred to Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital and rushed into the operating room for life-saving surgery as his devastated parents were warned to prepare for the worst.