Motorbike crash saved my son’s life

18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield. Pic''Ian Hinchliffe / Ross Parry
18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield. Pic''Ian Hinchliffe / Ross Parry
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A motorcycle crash saved a Sheffield teenager’s life – after a scan revealed a brain tumour.

Jordan Woodward, aged 18, was knocked off his bike in a collision with a car in Sheffield and when medics carried out a scan to assess the extent of his injuries they found a tumour the size of an orange.

18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his mother Tracy Woodward

18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his mother Tracy Woodward

It had gone unnoticed despite repeated trips to the doctors because of Jordan feeling sick.

Now his mum Tracy, 42, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, said although she feared the worst when she was told of the collision, the crash ultimately saved her son’s life.

“I never thought I would be pleased my son was riding a motorbike. But I owe everything to that machine, if he had not had that accident I’m sure he would not be here today,” she said.

“Doctors said it was a good job they caught it when they did.

Jordan Woodward with his mother Tracy. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Jordan Woodward with his mother Tracy. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

“Now Jordan has said he doesn’t want to ride his bike anymore, which I am pleased about.

“I’m just too relieved that our son is still here with us. I want to make sure it stays that way.”

Jordan had only been riding his Radford 125cc for a month when he was involved in a collision with a car.

He escaped with cuts and bruises but a scan revealed the tumour and he underwent emergency surgery to remove it.

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, who is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, who is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

Jordan, who was working as a trainee plant fitter before the accident last October, was only allowed home from hospital in January.

Because the tumour was benign he does not need chemotherapy or radiotherapy but he suffered a stroke during the 10-hour operation and lost all the feeling in his right hand side.

His parents Tracy and Christopher,said he had seen doctors 10 times over the course of three years because of feeling sick.

Tracy said: “Jordan was never poorly but from being 15 he would have two or three days of sickness a week, where he would just get up and be violently sick.

Picture shows the scar on the head of 18-year-old Jordan Woodward of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, who had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

Picture shows the scar on the head of 18-year-old Jordan Woodward of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, who had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

“He was not ill and would function as normal but we knew it wasn’t right.

“We had been going to the doctors over all this time but each time we were told it was probably his bad diet.

“Now I know Jordan doesn’t eat amazingly, he would eat late at night and was partial to a pizza or McDonald’s but his diet wasn’t that bad. I was sure every teenager wasn’t sick from eating a typically teenage diet.

“But I’m not a doctor and as he was not ill, so I took their word for it.”

She said she was ‘furious’ with doctors when his tumour was diagnosed.”

“I was furious with doctors, thinking that all along, with better investigation, we could have found out what was wrong with Jordan, instead being fobbed off with ‘bad diet’,” she added.

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward's motorbike before the accident. Doctors discovered that Jordan, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, had a brain tumour the size of a fist in his head following a scan they did on his head after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward's motorbike before the accident. Doctors discovered that Jordan, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, had a brain tumour the size of a fist in his head following a scan they did on his head after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my

“But in a meeting with medics they assured us that tumours are difficult to diagnose and we just had to be grateful they had found the tumour at all.

“Jordan has really been through the mill, we have had such a difficult few months, but Jordan is slowly getting better.

“He is recovering slowly, although he still cannot use his right hand and has to walk with a walking stick.

“Through all of this he has been brilliant, he has managed to stay bright and just get on with things. He has amazed me.”

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Picture shows the scar on the head of 18-year-old Jordan Woodward of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, who had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

Picture shows the scar on the head of 18-year-old Jordan Woodward of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, who had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my child ride a bike.''Ian Hinchliffe / Ro

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my chil

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I would be insane to let my chil

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his father Chris Woodward and his  mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his father Chris Woodward and his mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his father Chris Woodward and his  mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I

Picture shows 18-year-old Jordan Woodward, of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with his father Chris Woodward and his mother Tracy Woodward. Jordan is recovering having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. The tumour was discovered after he had a motorbike accident. See Ross Parry copy RPYMOTORBIKE : When Tracy Woodward's teenage son had a horrifying motorcycle crash she feared the worst - that was until it revealed he was suffering a far scarier medical condition. For tests and scans taken after 18-year-old Jordan was knocked off his Hartford 125cc bike revealed he had a brain tumour the size of a fist that could have killed him any moment. And now, what began as every mum's worst nightmare - when her youngest child wanted a motorbike - has ended with her being grateful he begged her for one, because it has ended up saving his life. Credit controller Tracy, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorks., said: "Jordan loved bikes and he's always wanted one from being 16, of course I said no. I

18-year-old Jordan Woodward in hospital after having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

18-year-old Jordan Woodward in hospital after having had a brain tumour the size of a fist removed from his head. Picture: Ross Parry Agency