Medical Miracle: Baby’s Decapitated Head Reattached

On September 15th, Rylea Jaxon was driving along Newell Highway in New South Wales, Australia with her 9-year-old daughter Shayne and her 16-month-old son Jaxon when a Ford Falcon driven by an unnamed 18-year-old collided head on with her car at 70 mph. The force of the crash was so severe that Shayne suffered internal bleeding and Jaxon’s head was pulled apart from his neck in what is called an internal decapitation.

Rylea, saved by her airbag, said, “The second I pulled him out I knew his neck was broken.”


The children were airlifted from the site of the crash to a hospital in Brisbane. Miraculously, once there, the doctors and staff were able to reattach the infant’s head.

Dr. Geoff Askin, the performing surgeon, admits that Jaxon’s injury was one of the worst he’s ever seen.

“A lot of children wouldn’t survive that injury in the first place, and if they did and they were resuscitated then they may never move or breathe again,” said Dr. Askin.


In a six-hour surgery Dr. Askin and his team attached a halo device to Jaxon’s skull, holding him completely still while reattaching his vertebrae using a tiny piece of wire. Shayne also underwent surgery to stop internal bleeding. She will be in a body frame for the next eight weeks while her body heals.


Jaxon, expected to make a full recovery and be able to lead a normal life, must wear what his family calls a “halo” to keep his body stable, which will be removed in eight weeks.

“They have taken two broken kids and put them back together,” says their father, Andrew Taylor. “We’re very, very thankful.”

“It was a miracle,” says Rylea.



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