Parents find son almost beheaded on the farm, then they see his cell phone

Bradley Willoughby is a 16-year old motorcycle fanatic who loves to ride on his parent’s farm in Queensland, Australia. Riding around on a motorcycle is already a dangerous activity, but when Bradley got involved in an accident using a common smart phone accessory that almost cost him his life…

Like most teenagers Bradley was listening to some music using the headphones that came with his iPhone. Unlike most teenagers he decided to wear the headphones under his helmet so he could listen to music while riding around on his motorcycle. Disaster struck when he failed to land a jump hand was thrown into a barbed wire fence. The accident broke his ankle and cut open his belly. But the most serious injuries were not caused by the barbed wire or even the impact. The headphones he was wearing almost cost him his life…


As his head flew through the barbed wire fence the cables on his headphones got caught up in the barbed wire. As the earbuds were locked tight inside the helmet they didn’t come off, but instead were stripped of the plastic insulation – exposing the razor-sharp copper wire. Pulled forward by the impact the exposed wire almost cut off the boys head and missing the trachea only by a narrow margin…

Thankfully the father was able to pull the wire out of the cut throat before the ambulance arrived. Bradley was an experienced motorcycle rider and he knew his parent’s farm well. He was well prepared and took all of the necessary precautions, including wearing protective gear. The jump he attempted was nothing new to him –he had done this jump dozens of times before. He would have never thought that his headphones could cost him his life…

His mother wants to share his experience with every teenager out there and warn: “Don’t wear headphones under your helmet, it might kill you if you have an accident. Of course it goes without saying that listening top loud music while riding a motorcycle might never be a good idea considering that you won’t be able to hear and dangers that might approach.

Bradley had to undergo surgery on his legs and neck and has many months of physical therapy waiting for him. But at least he is still alive. His experience should serve as a warning to other riders about the dangers of wearing earbuds under your helmet or while driving.

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