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A young boy who was knocked off his bike by a car in Sydney’s south-west was spared serious injury thanks to his helmet, doctors have said.

Ten-year-old Zac Conway was riding his bike down a hill near Camden yesterday afternoon when his brakes failed him and he collided with an oncoming car.

A Careflight helicopter attended the scene and rushed Zac to Westmead Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition with a fractured leg, several cuts and abrasions.

“I didn’t really panic until I got into the trauma unit and saw him with all of the wires hooked up and the neck brace on … then it hit me,” mother Jackie Conway told 9NEWS from Zac’s bedside.

Doctors and emergency services said it was the young boy’s bloodied helmet that saved him.

“Yeah, the doctor said if I wasn’t wearing that, that would be my skull and I would be dead right now,” Zac said.

Zac will undergo further surgery but is expected to make a full recovery.

Careflight’s David Wheeldon said Zac’s survival story was an important reminder for riders to always wear a helmet.

“Strap it on; make sure it’s a good fit. It can make the difference between life and death,” he said.