Boy survives being internally decapitated thanks to woman’s actions

BOISE, ID (WCMH) — Doctors say it was a woman, who held 4-year-old Killian’s head perfectly still until paramedics arrived, who saved the young boys life.

According to KBOI, Killian and his mother Brandy Gonzalez were driving home to Nevada after celebrating his birthday, when their vehicle lost control on ice and crashed.

“I’m trying to turn and I’m just sliding at this point. And then bam and we hit. And the last thing I remember is looking back at my baby,” said Brandy.

Lucky for Killian and Brandy, a Nampa Police Officer and his wife, Leah Woodward, saw the crash happen in front of them. When the couple got closer to the vehicle, they could hear the screams from the little boy.

After getting inside the vehicle, Woodward held Killian’s head straight for more than half an hour, a move that probably saved the little boy’s life.

Both Killian and his mother were taken to area hospitals, where they haven’t been able to see each since the crash.

“It’s just so hard because I’m in the same town and I haven’t been able to see him,” Gonzalez told KBOI. “It’s just hard knowing he’s in so much pain and I can’t be there.”

Killian suffered a ruptured spleen, a broken arm and multiple broken ribs along with the internal decapitation, but he is alive.

An internal decapitation is a rare condition where the skull becomes separated from the spine, and doctors say there’s only about one percent who survive the injury. Those who do survive need extensive surgery and must wear a halo brace.

Killian, however, won’t need any of that, and is expected to make a full recovery, thanks in part to Woodward.

“No mom should lose their child and she gets to have her boy. That’s really awesome,” Woodward said.

A Go Fund Me page has been created for Gonzalez and Killian to help pay for medical expenses.

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