Boy Survives ‘Internal Decapitation’, Thanks To Surgery Miracle

August 8, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A boy who suffered from ‘internal decapitation’ has made an incredible recovery, thanks to a surgery known as occipital-cervical fusion.

Chris Stewart, a 14-year-old racer, was in a horrifying crash in 2006. His race car smashed head first into a barrier after he lost control.

His mother watched helplessly from the stands as medics arrived on the scene.

“I remember seeing his car going straight for the barrier head-on and then crashing. It’s probably every mother’s worst nightmare to see their child in a situation like that,” Debbie Stewart told The Daily Mail.

After 90 minutes, the paramedics were able to cut Chris out of the mangled car, and stabilizing his head. The back of the skull had been completely removed from the spine, meaning that movement in any direction would have likely been fatal.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Evan Davies and his team of surgeons worked for seven hours to reattach the skull using metal plates.

Not only has Chris made a remarkable recovery, but he is not paralyzed, as anyone who has survived this injury has been in the past. In fact, Chris is again behind the wheel and racing.


3 Responses to “Boy Survives ‘Internal Decapitation’, Thanks To Surgery Miracle”

  1. Jack on August 9th, 2009 2:53 pm

    Internal decapitation, huh? Can you possibly sensationalize the story any more. No arteries severed, no spinal cord severed – just some bones broken and fixed into place.

    The real story is how lucky this fellow was that the damage to his body wasn’t more severe and that he received proper medical care.

    Decapitated, though? Not even close.

  2. olivia on August 9th, 2009 5:05 pm

    Jack – ‘Internal Decapitation’ is a term doctors often use to describe atlanto-occipital dislocation. The skull separated from the spinal cord on the INSIDE of the body, without severing through the OUTSIDE, hence the INTERNAL part.

    This is not sensationalism, it is what was described by the doctors, and the term that has been used for several cases of the same phenomenon. Perhaps you should take your complaint up with your local medical association?

    As for the miracle of the story, it is absolutely incredible that this boy survived, and that he did so without full body paralysis. As far as I can tell, he would be the first. It is far beyond ‘just some bones broken and fixed into place.’ What a ridiculous and ignorant description.

  3. paul miller on August 12th, 2009 1:57 pm

    Is he nuts?? Actually racing again? How about thanking God for surviving and moving on to he next phase of his life? Hasnt he put his family through enough?

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