When 16-month-old Jackson Taylor got in a car accident that decapitated his head, doctors didn't know if he would survive. Fortunately, they were able to reattach his head in a miracle surgery.
The toddler was in the car with his mom and sister when they collided head on with another vehicle at the speed of 70 mph. The force from the crash was so intense that Jackson's head pulled apart from his neck in an internal decapitation. Spinal surgeon Dr. Geoff Askin said:
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TONIGHT | A toddler's head reattached to his spine in what's being hailed a medical miracle. FIRST ON 7 News at 6pm pic.twitter.com/YeB8izfsLE
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) September 29, 2015
In what Jackson's family say can only be deemed a miracle, the little boy's surgery was so successful that he is now completely fine. After six hours in the operating room, Askin and his team were able to reattach the boy's vetebrae using wire and a piece of Jackson's rib.
Jackson now has to wear what his family calls a "halo" to keep his body stable, but the halo will be removed in eight weeks. After that, Jackson will be able to live a normal and healthy life.
Watch this video to learn about the world's first head transplant that recently occurred:
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