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Avoiding injuries during the holidays

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You may have been stuck in long lines at the mall, or in traffic, but one place you don't want to spend your Christmas vacation is the hospital!

"I don't remember, they said I yelled out that I needed help, that I hurt," said Bob Bradley.

Bob Bradley considers it a blessing that he cannot recall the moments after he fell while trying to get Christmas decorations out of the attic last year.

"My grandkids were gonna come over and help me decorate. I have a sub-floor. Everything I needed was on the sub-floor. How I got off the sub-floor I'll never know," Bradley said.

The 74-year-old plummeted 13 feet onto concrete.

"Next thing I remember is January 26th from December 9th, 2011," he said.

Doctor Brady Anderson treated him at the trauma center in St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.

"He came in with half the blood volume in his body leaking into his abdomen from his spleen having ruptured," Anderson said. "He was very close to death, very close. I'd say within another 30 minutes to an hour he would've bled to death."

Bradley's pelvis was fractured in seven places and several ribs were broken.

Anderson said when it comes to falls during the holidays, they aren't limited to senior citizens.

"People fall from ladders, people fall from roofs, especially this time of year hanging Christmas lights, cutting branches," Anderson said.

In addition to broken bones, Anderson also sees head and brain injuries.

"You wouldn't think you could injure yourself that badly falling onto the ground, the grass, but you gotta realize, most people come down onto the ladder, come down awkwardly," Anderson said.

Falls are only the second most common type of ER visit this time of year.

Car crashes are number one.

"There are so many injuries that have to admit people for and treat people for that could've been avoided if they would have done something as simple as put your seatbelt on," Anderson said.

When it comes to kids, Anderson says make sure they wear their helmets when trying out their new toys on wheels.

"We have to be here we don't want you to have to be here with us," Anderson said.

This year Bradley will leave the tree-trimming up to his family.

"Going to Dallas to see our daughter and granddaughter and they're doing all the decorating," he said.

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