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Subject: Car wrecks behind most instances of internal decapitation
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09/28/2012 12:42 AM  
Certain injuries are common to certain situations. For example, car accidents are a typical trigger of whiplash and a much more grisly damage referred to as internal decapitation, where the skull shears off the spine. Only a few individuals have the ability to walk away from this damage, which is a very uncommon occurrence. Have you been in the market to sell or buy a used or new van? If this seems like you, find the ideal Ford at cars in Spokane.

Firefighters thanked by Arizona woman

According to the Daily Mail, 23-year-old Rachael Bailey got into a car crash in Sept of 2011, sustaining an accident that few individuals survive, let alone be able to walk, talk and feed themselves after enduring. In the crash in Phoenix, Ariz., she suffered an internal decapitation, an accident brought on when an impact is strong enough to sever the skull from the spinal cord, leaving the head attached to the body by little more than skin, muscle and other tissues.

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The girl was transported to John C. Lincoln Medical center by a group of firefighters where she experienced surgery after surgery and spent two months in intensive care. Victims usually die, but this girl learned to walk again and came to the firehouse recently to thank the firefighters for saving her. The firehouse captain cooked dinner for her.

Injury uncommon

In order to cause internal decapitation, a force has to hit the head so hard that the skull comes off the spine. It is just like whiplash except it is done much harder. Though the damage is very uncommon, it occurs in car crashes more than anything else.

If the victim survives, treatment is to attach a titanium “halo” to keep the head in place, which are attached via surgical screws into bone. Then, according to Sports Illustrated, a titanium rod is installed at the top of the spine, along with a titanium plate at the base of the skull. The surgery takes hours and even if successful, odds are not good they will even walk again. A doctor quoted by Sports Illustrated said that “95 percent” of victims die right away “or within a day or two.”

It is much more significant to get a vehicle loan calculator to check the car’s crash safety rating whenever you know this. A lot of people who survive end up paralyzed while those who do not end up having to do a lot of physical therapy.

Not an issue for some

Some do leave from internal decapitation. A 2-year-old boy, Micah Andrews, also of Phoenix, Ariz., endured the injury during an automobile crash in 2010, according to ABC. He spent two months in intensive care and therapy, eventually walking out of the medical center, though his sense of balance and speech patterns where impacted.

Sports Illustrated covered the topic when Jon Wilhite, a youth pitching coach suffered the injury in a 2009 car accident in Anaheim, Calif. Wilhite was one of three passengers in the accident that claimed the life of Nick Adenhart, starting pitcher of the Anaheim Angels, and two of the other passengers. The drunk driver that struck them, Andrew Thomas Gallo, was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison in 2010, according to the LA Times. Wilhite, according to the OC Register, has made a nearly full recovery.

He is doing very well considering the accident, though he does have some speech difficulties and cannot fully turn his head.


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