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Toddler's head reattached after internal decapitation

Jackson Taylor’s recovery following a car accident has been described as “a miracle”.

DOCTORS IN AUSTRALIA have reattached a toddler’s head to his neck following a serious car accident that led to internal decapitation.

Jackson Taylor (16-months-old) was in his mother’s car when it collided with another vehicle two weeks ago.

Jackson’s mother Rylea Taylor told 7 News Melbourne: ”The second I pulled him out, I knew his neck was broken.”

She described the surgery’s success as as “a miracle”, as did the doctor who performed it. 

Jackson was airlifted to a hospital in Brisbane where he was treated by Dr Geoff Askin, referred to as “Australia’s godfather of spinal surgery”.

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“A lot of children wouldn’t survive that injury in the first place and if they did and they were resuscitated they may never breathe again,” Askin said, adding that it was the worst injury of its kind he had ever seen.

The six-hour operation involved Askin using a piece of Jackson’s rib to graft vertebrae in his neck back together.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

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