Toddler’s head reattached to spine after ‘internal decapitation’

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Surgeons in Australia have successfully reattached a toddler’s head to his neck after he was internally decapitated in a car accident last month.

On September 15, 16-month-old Jackson Taylor, his mother and 9-year-old sister were travelling in a car at about 110 kilometres an hour when they collided with another car.

An airbag protected his mother, but the force of the collision caused Jackson’s head to be violently thrown forward. The trauma broke his collarbone and the C1 and C2 vertebrae in his neck, and his skull separated from his spine.

Led by Dr. Geoff Askin, an expert in spinal medicine, surgeons worked for six hours in what has been described as a “miracle operation,” using wire and part of a rib to reattach Jackson’s head to his vertebrae.

Jackson will wear a specially fitted halo brace for eight weeks while the tissues and nerves heal.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Head-on crash between two cars
2. Driver and passenger hitting airbags; toddler thrown forward in carseat
3. X-ray view of toddler’s skull being separated from neck
4. Depiction of surgery
5. Rob and wire used to join vertebrae and skull
6. Neck brace fitted to child

VOICEOVER (in English):
“Sixteen-month-old Jackson Taylor, his mother and sister were travelling at 110 kilometres (or 70 miles) an hour when they collided with another car.

“An airbag protected his mother but Jackson’s head was violently thrown forward.”

“The trauma broke his collarbone and the C1 and C2 vertebrae in his neck. His skull separated from his spine.”

“Surgeons worked for six hours in what has been described as a ‘miracle operation’ using wire and part of a rib to reattach Jackson’s head to his vertebrae.”

“He will wear a specially fitted halo brace for eight weeks while the tissues and nerves heal.”

SOURCES:
Channel 7, Moree Champion, Medical Daily, The Independent,
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/3403563/teen-charged-for-head-on-highway-collision-with-mother-of-two/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/decapitated-toddler-has-head-reattached-by-surgeons-after-car-accident-a6681151.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/toddler-internally-decapitated-car-accident-has-skull-reattached-spine-using-wire-and-355838