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Nearly Decapitated Boy Survives Car Accident

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, December 22, 2008 12:24 PM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Neurosurgery, Auto Accidents, Brain Surgery, Child Safety

Car accidently nearly decapitates boy, he survives and is called a miracle.





It was a near fatal car accident that, amazingly, Jordan Taylor survived.

But the nine-year-old Hillsboro, Texas boy had a one to two percent chance of living after his head was nearly decapitated from his body.  His doctors call him a medical miracle, that he not only survived but is recovering. 

Appearing on the CBS Early Show, his mother, Stacey Perez said three months ago, a dump truck ran a stop sign and plowed into her car.  The boy was buckled in the back seat.

His doctor, pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Richard Roberts of Cook Children’s’ Medical Center in Fort Worth says, “The energy basically made his head lift up off his neck, and then move forward.” 

It is called an "orthopedic decapitation" because his skull separated from his neck with the connective tissue destroyed.

Dr. Roberts had to first make sure that Jordan was stabilized. He was fitted with a halo, a carbon fiber ring that is screwed to his skull. “We would up putting a titanium plate on the back of his skull and attaching that by screws and rods to his neck to keep him connected,” Dr. Roberts told CBS.

During surgery, doctors were able to reattach his skull. The boy has a metal plate and titanium rods.

There was likelihood that Jordan would be paralyzed. Instead, the boy went from a wheelchair, to a walker, and then he began walking and talking, confirming he did not have brain damage.

Perez said she feels “truly blessed. Absolutely blessed and grateful and thankful to Cook Children’s Hospital. I didn’t think – surely didn’t think we would be out of here by Christmas, and didn’t think we’d even would be out of here at all with him.”

Roberts told CBS News that Jordan is neurologically intact.  His recovery "is exceptional. He's done better than anyone thought he would. His injury is normally catastrophic, fatal, and he managed to survive.”

Because of his youth, doctors say he probably has better connective tissue than someone older.

Jordan should be returning to school in early January. #


Anonymous User
Posted by Ray landreville
Monday, December 22, 2008 3:32 PM EST

Everyone is amazed and grateful to medical staff for their skillful surgery. No mention was made of God playing a part in medical miracle. However,even if not mentioned, it certainly looks like the kind of action that calls for divine assistance in guiding the hands of doctors. Just a thought from a believer.

Anonymous User
Posted by Joe
Monday, December 22, 2008 4:43 PM EST

Sure Ray, sure. Wouldn't God have had enough fun by just not letting the kid be decapitated in the first place.

Anonymous User
Posted by Bryan
Monday, December 22, 2008 4:51 PM EST

Ray, it's not journalistic practice to praise God every time something happens. Thank GOD it's not. It seems silly to think God would put a child through this just to prove a point with guiding the hands of doctors.

Just a thought from a rational believer.

Anonymous User
Posted by HedgeBaby
Monday, December 22, 2008 7:50 PM EST

Maybe god was calling this kid "home" - and the drs messed up the plan.

Anonymous User
Posted by lilly
Monday, December 22, 2008 8:17 PM EST

i was in an 2accident on nov 1. i broke my neck, i have a halo on just like this boy did. its a pianful thing to dal wit32h. looking at him i know i can make it through.

Anonymous User
Posted by A believer
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 5:09 AM EST

That's what wrong with the world today, people like Joe and Bryan who don't give GOD enough praise, think that life is just what it is. Trust and believe that GOD does everything for a reason. This kid is still alive because GOD has a plan for him and his family.

Anonymous User
Posted by slongo
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:34 AM EST

I'm sure the family thanked their God repeatedly for his recovery. I'm sure they will continue to be grateful he was spared perhaps including God in their praise, along with the EMS, ER staff, ICU nurses, the highly trained neurosurgeons and rehab staff. Some of these integral parts of the team were also left out of the article- so what?
To spout religious beliefs on their behalf is just self-serving.

Anonymous User
Posted by slongo
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:59 AM EST

And if you still have your panties in a wad (some seem to have this as a permanent condition)that God is not mentioned in the article, rest assured it has more to do with the editing than to do with the heathen state of the world (except you few of course).
"It's a miracle. It's a miracle from God," said Jordan's mother, Stacey Perez. "And it's a miracle of this hospital."

Anonymous User
Posted by A Reader
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 4:48 PM EST

Wow! What a medical accomplishment!

Medical practices have been around for thousands of years and today medical practice is the summation of our learning by trial and a lot of errors!

Some day we will be able to reconnect severed nerves and transplant heads! We will also be able to grow spare body parts.

We do live at a time in history where medical advances take place everyday!

Anonymous User
Posted by David
Friday, December 26, 2008 11:07 PM EST

God doesn't exist, stop giving praise to something that isn't there. You guys look retarded talking to yourselves when you pray. You say he has a plan, how the HELL would you know? Has he told you personally, or did he write it somewhere? No. The bible was written by man. Not God. Because there isn't one. If the kid wasn't treated by medical experts, he would have obviously died. Now, if you can find me a kid who was orthopedically decapitated and recovered by himself, send me some Jesus beads and I'll pray my ass off.

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