Surgeons in Israel have performed a miracle surgery and re-attached a boy’s head after he was hit by a car while riding his bike.
Suleiman Hassan, a 12-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, suffered an internal decapitation, where the skull detaches from the top vertebrae of the spine, or a bilateral atlanto occipital joint dislocation.
Dr. Ohad Einav, the orthopedic specialist who led the operation, said the surgery took several hours.
It required the doctors to use “new plates and fixations in the damaged area.”
Einav said, “Our ability to save the child was thanks to our knowledge and the most innovative technology in the operating room.
“The fact that such a child has no neurological deficits or sensory or motor dysfunction and that he is functioning normally and walking without an aid after such a long process is no small thing.
“This is not a common surgery at all, and especially not on children and teens.
“A surgeon needs knowledge and experience to do this,” he said.
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“Bless you all,” the father said.
“Thanks to you, he regained his life even when the odds were low and the danger was obvious.”
“What saved him were professionalism, technology and quick decision-making by the trauma and orthopedics team,” the father added.
Dr. Marc Siegel, Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center said:
“The key is preserving blood flow to the brain.
“It sounds like – from the story – that the major blood vessels were likely not severed and that this involved an orthopedic rebuilding – probably using rods and reattaching ligaments and possibly bone grafts and implants.”