‘Miracle surgery’ reattaches toddler’s head after ‘internal decapitation’ in crash

Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 17:21:26-04

Melbourne, Australia — It’s being called the “miracle surgery” — and it’s pretty easy to understand why.

Surgeons in Australia were able to successfully reattach a toddler’s head following a serious car accident.

Jackson Taylor, who is 16 months old, suffered an “internal decapitation” in the crash.

The child’s mother, Rylea Taylor, was driving on a highway when her vehicle was struck. Jackson and his 9-year-old sister were both in the vehicle. Taylor said it was immediately obvious that Jackson’s neck was broken.

During a six-hour surgery, Dr. Geoff Askin successfully reattached Jackson’s vertebrae using wire and a piece of the boy’s rib to graft the two vertebrae together, according to 7 News Melbourne.

Jackson’s has recovered quickly and is expected to head home “soon,” doctors said. He will wear a halo device for eight weeks during his recovery.

Jackson’s sister, who was also injured in the crash, suffered minor abdominal injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.