Tuesday, December 30, 2008

All But Decapitated, Boy, 9, Recovers

clipped from www.cbsnews.com
Jordan Taylor is being called a medical miracle.
The nine-year-old
boy was nearly decapitated in a car crash three months ago, but doctors reattached his head to his neck and now he's made virtually a full recovery.
Jordan was buckled up in the back seat, but the impact caused an unthinkable injury.

"The energy basically made his head lift up off of his neck, and then move forward,"
It's called orthopedic decapitation. Jordan's spinal cord remained intact, but his skull separated from his neck.

"All of the connective tissue that essentially keeps your head connected to your neck was destroyed,
Doctors were able to reattach his skull with a metal plate and titanium rods, enabling Jordan to start defying overwhelming odds.
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