BOISE, Idaho – A young boy is expected to make a full recovery after doctors say he was internally decapitated after a car accident. Less than one percent of people survive the injury.
Doctors credit the 4-year-old’s recovery to a good Samaritan who held the boy’s head perfectly still until paramedics arrived. His skull had detached completely from his spine because of the injury.
Killian and his mother, Brandy Gonzalez, were passing through Idaho on their way home to Nevada. They had just celebrated Killian’s fourth birthday. Ice on the road caused them to crash into another car.
According to KBIO, a police officer and his wife were on the road at the time and saw it happen in front of them.
The two rushed over to see if there were any survivors. That’s when Leah Woodward heard a boy screaming.
They couldn’t open the door to get to Killian, so they broke the back window. Woodward crawled inside, and with some direction from her husband, she held Killian’s head perfectly still for 30 minutes. The move likely saved her life.
“I’m trying to stay calm but inside I’m panicking. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing,’ and it was the worst feeling I’ve ever had to not know how to help,” Woodward told KBIO.
Killian ruptured his spleen, broke his arm and multiple ribs, and his worst injury was internal decapitation. He is expected to make a full recovery without any surgery.
Gonzalez was taken to another hospital for treatment. She suffered a shattered ankle, a broken arm, femur and tibia.
Gonzalez says she can’t believe she and her son survived the crash.
“There’s a reason we’re here and we’re just going to try everyday to figure out what that reason is,” said Gonzalez.
And as for Woodward, she says she can’t thank her enough.
“She saved my baby,” said Gonzalez. “She gave him back.”
“No mom should lost their children and she gets to have her boy,” said Woodward. “That’s really awesome.”
Killian is out of the hospital. His grandmother is caring for him ass his mother recovers.