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Published: Fri, October 09, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Internally decapitated toddler undergoes 'miracle' surgery

Internally decapitated toddler undergoes 'miracle' surgery

A 16- month old baby's head was successfully re-attached to its spine after it got internally decapitated due to vehicular accident. The crash caused an internal decapitation, in which Jaxon's head became removed from his neck. Doctors expect 16-month-old Jackson Taylor to make a full recovery following an exhausting six-hour surgery.

A video showed him happy and walking around with his mother at home. The surgery involved attaching a halo device to Jaxon's skull, which kept him completely still while reattaching his vertebrae using a tiny piece of wire. He also remarked that luckily, Jaxon is still a toddler which means his bones are mostly made up of cartilage making it resilient to forces that can paralyze an adult.

"A lot of children wouldn't survive that injury in the first place and if they did and they were resuscitated, they may never move or breathe again", Dr Askin said. His 9-year-old sister suffered abdominal injuries during the crash, but her injuries were nowhere near as severe as her younger brother's.

Jaxon was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital, where spinal surgeon Geoff Askin, the "godfather of spinal surgery", diagnosed the internal decapitation. Using a piece of Jaxon's rib the two vertebrae were joined back together.

Askin shared that it was the worst injury he had seen on a child. "It is a miracle", said Jaxon's mother Rylea.

The messages of support from around the world have humbled the Taylor family.

Channel Seven confirmed the Taylor family have launched an online petition to campaign for harsher penalties for reckless drivers in Australia, which has already received thousands of signatures.

 

Jaxon was medically sedated for three days and will wear a head brace for eight weeks, until tissue and nerves connecting his head and spine heal.

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