‘A lot of children wouldn’t survive that injury’: Doctor who reattached toddler’s head to his spine after horrific car crash says brave Jaxon is a ‘miracle’
A 16-month-old toddler, who had his neck severed after a horrific car crash will miraculously walk again after undergoing groundbreaking surgery that reattached his head to his spine.
On September 15, 2015, Jaxon Taylor from New South Wales was travelling with his mum and sister along the Newell Highway when they were involved in a high speed, head-on collision with an 18-year-old driver.
“As I pulled my son from the car I knew his neck was broken, as bystanders.”
”As my inlaws, who were traveling behind us, assisted getting my 9 year old from the car, I tried to remain calm, I tried desperately to hold my children, I told them we were ok.
“Even thou my heart told me otherwise, I tried not to cry, I tried to be strong because they needed me”.
The 16-month-old’s upper vertebrae were torn apart and his head internally severed.
He was flown to a hospital in Bribane and into the care of Australia’s Godfather of spinal surgery, Dr Geoff Askin, who masterminded the ‘Head Reattached To Spine’ surgery.
“A lot of children wouldn’t survive that injury in the first place,” Dr Askin told Seven News Melbourne.
“And if they did and they were resuscitated they may never move or breathe again.”
Dr Aksin said it was the worst injury of its kind he had seen. Remarkably, however, all was not lost for Jaxon.
“How that spinal cord has managed to go around that corner and not sever is a miracle,” Dr Askin said.
Using part of one of Jaxon’s ribs, surgeons were able to graft his veterbrae together in a six-hour operation.
While Jaxon will have to wear a neck brace for several months he has already taken giant strides and is expected to make a full recovery.
“It is a miracle,” Rylea Taylor said.