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Sean Sidi suffered a severe head injury in a fall last year and is still vulnerable. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Sean Sidi suffered a severe head injury in a fall last year and is still vulnerable.

The search for missing 19-year-old San Francisco resident Sean Sidi has entered its second week, and Sidi’s mother, Lynn Ching, said the support of the community has been a big boost for the family.

Sidi went missing May 21, and his disappearance is especially worrisome because he has been recovering from severe head trauma. But in the face of panic and fear, Ching said, the family is heartened by the fact that so many people are helping by posting fliers, spreading the word online and conducting their own searches.

“It’s their response that keeps us going because we don’t feel so alone,” Ching said.

Sidi vanished eight days ago after visiting a former teacher at the French American International School, which he graduated from last year. He spoke with his father, Claude Sidi, about 1:34 p.m. May 21 and said he was headed to “the park.”

Claude Sidi tried to contact his son again about 30 minutes later but couldn’t reach him.

“Obviously we started getting worried because since his accident he’s been a little more vulnerable,” Ching said.

Sidi has been recovering from a fall in November that completely destroyed the right side of his skull, putting him in a coma for several days. Ching said her son was lucky to survive the accident.

“If you or I get a bump on our heads it’s no big deal,” Ching said. “But if he gets a bump on his head, the pressure could rise really fast and that would be dangerous. Because of the severity of his injury, he’s much, much, much more vulnerable to complications that could be fatal.”

Ching said Sidi spends a lot of time resting at their home in Bernal Heights, but he ventured down to his high school last week to speak to a former teacher about receiving a copy of a short film he had made in class last year.

Surveillance footage from the school shows that Sidi was wearing a black-and-gray North Face-brand jacket, blue jeans and black canvas shoes the day he disappeared. He is 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes.

Ching said phone signals suggest that Sidi made his last call somewhere near Golden Gate Park, Lands End or Park Presidio.

Police Sgt. Ann MacKenzie said the department continues to seek help from the public.

“Any source of information that we can get is crucial,” she said.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the search can visit the website www.seansidi.com or Facebook.com/findseansidi, or use the Twitter hashtag #seansidi.

pgackle@sfexaminer.com