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Boy's One Percent Orthopedic Decapitation Survival

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Taylor recovers from Orthopedic Decapitation

A little boy recovers from orthopedic decapitation with only one percent chance of survival.

Nine-year-old Jordan Taylor was in a car accident that separated his skull from his vertebrae. "There was no connection between the bones of the neck and the head," explained Cook Children's Dr. Richard Roberts. "All of the connective tissue that essentially keeps your head connected to your neck was destroyed." Doctors call the injury an "orthopedic decapitation" and at the time gave Jordan a one percent chance for survival.

Nevertheless, Dr. Roberts reconnected Jordan's head to his neck with a metal plate, screws and titanium rods. On Friday, Jordan walked out of the hospital and will go back to school in January.

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This is an amazing recovery from orthopedic decapitation. The little boy defied all the expectations and today walked out of the hospital getting ready to go to school after the break.

The mother of the boy has called the doctor a miracle worker that helped to heal her son's orthopedic decapitation and has said he is a "Godsent."

In a story published by the FOX News the author writes that "the tissue may have been destroyed, but the faith of Jordan's family was intact. Word about what happened to Jordan spread to the family's church and others churches across the country. Jordan's mother says at one time she knew of at least 20 churches that were praying for her son."

Jordan's operation was conducted at the Cook Children's Medical Center, which resulted from the merger in 1985 of the former Cook Children's Hospital and Fort Worth Children's Hospital. Community leaders had dreamed of this combination since the 1950s and the new facility opened in 1989 as a realization of their goal.