Perth teenager may never walk again after freak biking accident

A Perth teenager may never walk again after breaking his neck in a freak bicycle accident in Bindoon during the Easter school holidays.

Cody Mackie, 16, was completing a small jump he had done hundreds of times before when he landed on his head and broke his neck. Paralysed, the schoolboy was flown to Royal Perth Hospital where he has remained for the past two weeks.

Doctors believe it is unlikely he will walk again, and have given the teen a one per cent chance of being able to operate a wheelchair.

His father, Rob Mackie, said the family was reeling.

Everyone is devastated because Cody’s such a good kid you know, everyone loves him – and it just gets harder as it goes on, he told Nine News Perth.

Family friend Kade Keenan called for the community to support the Mackies, who will have to modify their Bullsbrook home for Cody’s eventual return.

You never think it’s going to be you, but it’s us this time so we need all the help we can get, he said.

We’re talking about a small jump, it was just a freak accident. He had his helmet on, all of the safety equipment, it was just that one freak landing.

A GoFundMe page set up to assist the teenager had raised more than $26,000 on Wednesday morning, with a goal of $50,000.

Cody’s girlfriend Shahni Higgins said Cody had been down in the dumps since the accident, and could not believe it had happened to him.

He remains in hospital, and has so far undergone surgery to help regain his ability to speak.

In a separate incident, a nine-year-old boy was killed on Sunday afternoon when he fell off his bike in Collie while riding down a quiet suburban street with his mother.

Dylan Vening suffered serious head injuries, despite wearing a helmet.

Investigations are under way into whether the boy suffered a medical episode.

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