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Saved by a helmet

Thirteen-year-old Shanan Harris was wearing a cheap cycle helmet when he was catapulted from his bicycle in September 1993. Although he suffered facial injuries, and broke his elbow and one leg in two places, it could have been much worse. Doctors believed that if he had not been wearing the helmet, he could have lost an eye and the side of his face down to the bone.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/3269/27

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Road accidents - Promoting road safety', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20906/saved-by-a-helmet (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014