Doctors in Israel performed a highly complex and rare surgery to successfully reattach a 12-year-old boy’s head to his body after he was hit by a car. Through the surgery, the doctors said they restored the connection between the child’s skull and spine using new plates and fixations.
July 14, 2023 | 05:52 PM IST
Dr. Ohad Enav, Dr. and Ziv Aza just before they were discharged with Sulaiman
(Image: Times of Israel)
Sulaiman suffered an ‘internal decapitation’ and his skull was completely separated from the upper vertebrae of his spine. The condition is officially called ‘bilateral atlanto-occipital joint dislocation’, The Times of Israel stated.
“After a thorough examination of his condition, we decided to perform surgery, during which we reconnected the skull to the spine,” said Dr. Enav added.
According to the doctors, the surgery took hours, during which they used new plates and fixations on the damaged area. After the procedure and rehabilitation, Sulaiman was discharged with a cervical splint.
Sulaiman has not shown any neurological deficits or sensory or motor function, but doctors said they will continue to monitor his health.
Feeling happy and relieved that his son is recovering, Sulaiman’s father thanked the doctors.
“For the rest of my life I will thank you for saving my beloved only son. Bless everyone and thank you for bringing back his life when the odds were slim and the danger clear. What saved him was the professionalism, technology and quick decisions of the trauma and orthopedic team. All I can say is a big thank you. ”
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