Miracles really DO happen! A 4-year-old boy who was ‘clinically decapitated’ in a devastating car crash in May, miraculously survived after a good samaritan acted as a guardian angel and saved the youngster’s life. Even better, the child appears to be making a full recovery!
Killian Gonzalez, 4, experienced a miracle on May 22 after the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle and resulted in a horrific accident. Killian was left with a right arm fracture, broken ribs, bruised lungs, a ruptured spleen – AND an internal dislocation of his skull from his spine. He’s alive today thanks to an angel, who resisted the urge to pick up and cradle the screaming child and instead held his head in place for a half-hour!
“I was like: I have to get to my baby. I looked back and he is just hunched over. He is not crying; he is not awake,” Killian’s mom, Brandy Gonzalez, recalled to The New York Times. “I kept talking to him and trying to get him to wake up.” But apparently, all that escaped from the boy’s lips was a whimper, along with the word “Momma.”
Brandy herself was pinned in the wreckage and had broken bones, but even still she tried to turn to reach her son –who was strapped into a booster-type carseat in the back. But as scary as it was, Killian’s skull was separated from his spine, and he also had a ruptured spleen and broken ribs and arms.
An internal decapitation is JUST as serious as it sounds. In fact, the head is connected to the spine only by strands of tissue or muscle, and for Killian, four of the six ligaments connecting the boy’s skull and spine were stretched by an inch from the impact. While 70 percent of those inflicted with this injury die immediately, and 15 percent more die at the hospital, Killian survived!
And it’s all because of what happened next. As Killian and Brandy’s accident unfolded, an Idaho police officer, Joel Woodward, traveling in the area with his wife, Leah Woodward, witnessed the crash and quickly sprang into action. Leah said she heard Killian screaming but saw that he was not moving. “As a mom, that just goes right to your heart,” Leah revealed. “My immediate instinct was: ‘You have to help that little guy.’”
To get to Killian, Joel broke the car window. He instructed his wife to hold the child upright and keep his head steady until help arrived. “My first instinct would have been to cradle the little guy, but clearly that would have been the wrong choice,” Leah said.
“I had my hands kind of, like, thumbs by his ears and hands wrapped behind his neck holding it still,” she added. “He didn’t fight, he was not moving; every now and then he would come to.” Leah held the boy like that for about 30 minutes. And at one point, Killian apparently said something quite heartbreaking: “I don’t hurt anymore. I am all done.”
But little did Killian know, he’d be just fine! When emergency medics finally arrived, they fixed him with a collar and safely carried him into an ambulance. Killian was well enough to be released from the hospital on June 7, and according to his mother, he’s doing MUCH better as he’s even walking unassisted at home!
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