Surgeons were able to perform an amazing operation on 16-month-old Australian boy Jackson Taylor, after he suffered horrible injuries when a car his mom was driving crashed head on with another vehicle at 70mph.
The collision caused the boy's head to detach from his neck after the first two vertebrae separated from his skull, causing what is known as an internal decapitation.
Although spinal surgeon Dr Geoff Askin said that many children wouldn't survive such an injury, and if they did and they were resuscitated then they may never move or breathe again. Jackson was very fortunate.
Askin and a team of surgeons spent six hours performing an intricate operation, reattaching the vertebrae using wire and part of Jackson's rib.
Miraculously after the surgeons worked their magic, the boy is now totally fine. He has to wear a supporting halo frame, but after eight weeks that will come off and he'll be back to normal and is expected to make a full recovery.
Dad Andrew Taylor said: “We’re very, very thankful”, with Jackson’s mother adding: “It is a miracle.”
What a remarkable and life-affirming story.