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Doctors in Israel re-attach boy's head after he was 'internally decapitated'

By T.K. Randall
July 16, 2023 · Comment icon 9 comments

The boy with the surgeons who saved his life. Image Credit: Hadassah Medical Center
The young boy had been riding his bike when a freak accident resulted in his head being severed on the inside.
In a remarkable feat of surgical skill, a medical team at Hadassah Ein Kerem's Trauma Unit in Jerusalem, Israel successfully re-attached the head of Suleiman Hassan - a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

Specifically, his head was 'internally decapitated' - meaning that the ligaments and muscles in his neck had been detached from the top of his spine, even though the skin and blood vessels were still intact.

"We fought for the boy's life," Dr Ohad Einav told The Times of Israel.
"The procedure itself is very complicated and took several hours. While in the operating room, we used new plates and fixations in the damaged area."

"Our ability to save the child was thanks to our knowledge and the most innovative technology in the operating room."

No doubt the boy will be a lot more wary when riding his bike again in future.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
So it was tendon and muscle, but the spine, nerves and vessels were still attached. That's not considered a "decapitation". 
Comment icon #2 Posted by SHaYap 8 months ago
Code name " Yahya " ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 7 months ago
What is the difference between an "internal decapitation", as it is was described in the article and source, and a "decapitation" without any qualifying language, Dr. Charmander?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney 7 months ago
The spinal column needs to be severed. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nicolette 7 months ago
Isn't that obvious? Some nerves and tendons separated internally isn't like your whole head being cut off. That's as mislabelled as calling a rabbit a fire breathing dragon.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cho Jinn 7 months ago
Excellent point, Nicolette.  It is obvious.
Comment icon #7 Posted by quiXilver 7 months ago
It's an Orthopedic term for when tendons are severed from the skull. Sheesh people, relax.  It's a thing, it happens and ususally results in death, but in this case, did not.    
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 months ago
Wow the boy looks a little possessed in the photo.
Comment icon #9 Posted by MissJatti 7 months ago
ok kool, the Israel are adanced in medicine 

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