In most “impossible” medical miracles in the US, from the “decapitated” boy who survived to the teenager who recovered from rabies

AMERICA has seen some of the “impossible” medical miracles come true over the years – leaving many experts baffled.

Jordan Taylor was just nine years old when he was beheaded in a car accident in 2008.

Jordan Taylor was just nine years old when he was beheaded in a car accident in 2008

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Jordan Taylor was just nine years old when he was beheaded in a car accident in 2008Photo credit: CBS
Jeanna Giese was 15 when she was infected with rabies by a bat

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Jeanna Giese was 15 when she was infected with rabies by a batPhoto Credit: Facebook/ Jeanna Rabies Survivor Giese

His mother, Stacey Perez, of Hillsboro, Texas, was driving at the time a dump truck ran a stop sign and crashed into her car.

Her son’s skull detached from his neck in the near fatal blow – but his spinal cord remained intact.

Doctors said the young lad suffered a so-called orthopedic decapitation, giving him only a 1% to 2% chance of survival.

But in an act of extreme medical precision, they managed to reattach his head and neck, allowing him to make a full recovery.

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dr Richard Roberts, the pediatric neurosurgeon who saved Jordan’s life, told the CBS Early Show at the time, “The energy basically made his head lift off his neck and then move forward.

The energy basically made his head lift off his neck and then move forward.

dr Richard RobertsPediatric Neurosurgeon

“All of the connective tissue that essentially connects your head to your neck has been destroyed.”

He said they had to make sure Jordan was stabilized, so they put him in a carbon fiber “halo” that was bolted to his skull and attached to a vest.

Then they took him to the surgery.

He explained, “We ended up putting a titanium plate on the back of his skull and attaching it to his neck with screws and rods to keep him connected.”

In the same interview, Jordan’s mother said: “I remember seeing him in the car and his head was just kind of hanging down.

“First he talked, then he left, then no brain damage, it was just better news over time.”

Rabies Survival

Perez’s relief was shared by the parents of Jeanna Giese, who became the first person to survive rabies without receiving a preventive vaccine.

Giese was 15 when she was bitten by a rabid bat she picked up outside her church in her hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Her parents cleaned the superficial wound and did not consider further treatment necessary.

But three weeks later, Giese showed signs of fatigue, double vision, vomiting and tingling in her left arm, Scientific American reports.

Those were all signs of rabies—but by then it was too late for the rabies vaccine cocktail.

According to Rodney Willoughby, an infectious disease specialist who treated Giese at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the teen was placed in an induced coma to give her immune system time to build antibodies against the virus.

It was the first time medical professionals had tried the therapy, and they had no idea if it would work or not — but they knew Giese wouldn’t survive without it.

When she arrived at the hospital, Giese was unable to speak, sit or stand and fell unconscious. She also had to be intubated to help her breathe.

The doctors gave her not only the coma, but also the antivirals ribavirin and amantadine.

Then, for about six months after she woke up from the coma, doctors gave her a compound called tetrahydrobiopterin that may have improved her speech and ability to eat.

Remarkably, Giese recovered with most of her cognitive functions within a few months and saw her other abilities returning within a year.

MIRACLE TIMING

Another incredible chance of survival was recorded by cardiologist Dale Adler, MD, in the book Miracles We Have Seen by Harley Rotbart, MD.

Adler said he was waiting for an elevator in the cardiology department where he worked in 1988 when a priest visiting patients rolled unconscious out of the elevator door.

He said the priest, Father Karl, was pale, pulseless, sweaty, damp and cold – but his timing could not have been better.

Adler said he began CPR immediately while the hospital sent out an emergency response for his team.

The team worked like clockwork and quickly found a blood clot on the front of the 70-year-old’s heart, which Dr. Adler could empty.

Eventually a heart rhythm returned, followed by a weak pulse.

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dr Adler was met by a sea of ​​nuns and priests in the waiting area as he left to break the news.

They had been praying all the time and Father Karl made a full recovery.

Stacey Perez, son Jordan and Dr. Richard Roberts spoke to CBS about Jordan's remarkable survival

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Stacey Perez, son Jordan and Dr. Richard Roberts spoke to CBS about Jordan’s remarkable survivalPhoto credit: CBS

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