Boy Survives “Internal Decapitation”
BOY of 12 stunned doctors by cheating death after his head was ripped from his neck in a car crash.
Chris Stewart, a junior racing driver, suffered “internal decapitation” – which kills most people – when his 1000cc Mini slammed into a crash barrier at 50mph after a tyre burst during a children’s race.
The impact of the crash wrenched his skull from the top of his spine.
Surgeons performed ground-breaking surgery – called occipital-cervical fusion – using metal plates and bone grafts from Chris’s hip to re-attach his head to the top vertebrae of his spine.
After six hours on the operating table and 19 days in intensive care – where he was kept in coma to stop him making any potentially fatal movements – Chris’s life was saved.
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