Toddler survives with miracle surgery after car crash "decapitates" him

It's what doctors have called a "miracle surgery" after a shocking car accident injured a 16-month-old with "internal decapitation".
 
Jackson Taylor was only 16 months old when he was in a near-fatal crash with his mother and sister in New South Wales, Australia. The car they were in collided with a car driven by a restricted driver who "decided to do doughnuts and burn outs aside a bend in a NSW highway," says Jackson's mother Rylea.
 
The impact of the crash left the toddler's head separated from his neck, in an injury known as "internal decapitation." It was one of the worst injuries doctors had seen of its kind, and they were not sure if he would survive.
 
It took 6 hours of surgery to reattach the vertebrae, using a piece of the toddler's rib and some wire. 
 
"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," spinal surgeon Dr. Geoff Askin told 7 News.
 
Jackson would need to wear a halo device for eight more weeks, but doctors say after that he will be able to live a normal life.
 
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7 News | Toddler spinal surgery

A toddler has undergone delicate surgery to reattach his head to his neck following a serious car accident.Specialist staff pulled off what was thought to be impossible. The boy will now be able to lead a completely normal life after his marathon surgery.7 News reporter Katrina Blowers has the details.Latest from 7 News: http://yhoo.it/1HYefMw7 News video: http://yhoo.it/1V97pbWLatest news on Twitter: twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne

Posted by 7 News Melbourne on Tuesday, 29 September 2015