Doctors reattach 16 month old boy’s head back to his spine
Sometimes miracles do happen and they are done by us humans instead of any god. One such miracle happened when a toddler was involved in an accident that left him with injuries that seriously threatened his life.
But the surgeons and one very special doctor worked hard enough to ensure that he survived and performed a miracle for his parents who thought that they were going to lose their son. Here is the whole incident and the result of the story.
1 The boy
The boy is 16 month old Jackson Taylor. He lives in Australia with his mom Rylea Taylor. The boy just got into major news since he was involved in an accident where his head was internally decapitated.
This means that his head was severed from his spine from the inside and the only thing keeping the head attached was muscles and blood vessels. Doctors were not sure whether he would survive or not, as his condition was too serious to say anything in confirmation.
2 How did it happened
Jackson’s mother Rylea and his 9 year old sister Shane were travelling in a vehicle. Unfortunately the car smashed head first into another car. The car was going at 70 mph at the time of the occurrence of the accident.
Rylea Taylor was uninjured thanks to the car’s airbags, and her daughter just received some non-life-threatening stomach injuries. But the real problem was that little Jackson was more seriously injured. “The second I pulled him out, I knew that his neck was broken,” Rylea said.
Due to the immense effect of the crash, Jackson’s head was torn apart from his neck and he suffered what is called an internal decapitation. He was immediately airlifted to a hospital in Brisbane from the crash site.
3 The surgery
The boy was checked by spinal surgeon Dr. Geoff Askin and his team of specialist were tasked with the apparently impossible job of performing a surgery to reattach the young boy’s head back to his neck, and not forgetting saving his life in the course.
Dr. Askin is known as the godfather of spinal surgery in Australia and he commanded a six-hour operation on Jackson. The spinal surgeon’s team began by attaching a halo device, something that keeps the head in a stationary position, to Jackson’s skull, so that it would be held totally motionless during the course of the operation.
Then the surgeons used a tiny piece of wire to reattach his vertebrae. They also had to take a piece of his rib in order to graft together two of his smashed vertebrae. Dr. Askin commented that the young boy’s wounds were the vilest he had seen during the course of this medicinal practice.
“A lot of children wouldn’t survive that injury in the first place, and if they did and they were resuscitated then they may never move or breathe again,” the spinal surgeon said.
4 The recovery
Jackson is at present on his way to recovery from the surgery and is likely to be discharged shortly. But for the sake of his head remaining immobile, he will still need to carry on wearing the halo device for about two months or so. The halo device will keep his head from moving and will also help in the body healing the damaged vertebrae and strengthening of the neck muscles.
Jackson’s sister, Shane suffered from fractured vertebrae. She also was in surgery for 3 ½ hours and like Jackson, she will be required to wear a body frame for specified amount of time, so that she won’t become hunchbacked.
Jackson’s parents, Andrew and Rylea Taylor said they were very grateful to Dr.Askin and his surgical team for sacing their son and daughter’s lives and have hailed the surgical procedure that saved their son’s life as a miracle.
5 The video
Mrs. Taylor has begun an online petition for harder punishments for irresponsible drivers in Australia after the accident. This began after she learnt from the police that the three boys driving the sedan that destroyed their car in the accident would most probably receive a suspended driving ruling and get fined.