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Jay Tea
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A 12 year old boy survived an internal decapitation – is this sheer luck or a result of advancing techniques concerning occipital-cervical surgery?
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Mr Stewart said: "The doctors had never seen this kind of injury because, they said, when it happens, people die instantly.
"Apparently, only six people are known to have ever survived this and my son is the only one to have recovered [this well]."
Chris underwent a six hour operation, known as a occipital-cervical fusion, which re-attached his head to his top vertebrae with metal plates and bone-grafts.
He has since made a miraculous recovery and can now swim, walk and exercise again.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/6217036.stm

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Miraculous, certainly. Very, very happy news, but I cannot help but wonder what an eleven-year-old child was doing racing cars?

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My niece and nephew were racing cars at around 8 or 9. They weren't street cars though, there were the very flat go-kart type cars. The had full safety equipment like Nomex suits, full face helmets and neck restraints though.

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It sounds like sheer luck - the reason the doctors hadn't seen the injury on a live patient before is that usually people die from it immediately!

Having said that, I bet he would have died anyway without some pretty decent medical work.

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Miracle of God or of modern medicine? I'm having trouble deciding. [Eek!]

Either way, that boy has to be the luckiest kid on the face of the earth right now.

I have a feeling that we're gonna see a glurge about this in a few months.

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
My niece and nephew were racing cars at around 8 or 9. They weren't street cars though, there were the very flat go-kart type cars. The had full safety equipment like Nomex suits, full face helmets and neck restraints though.

According to the article, the boy was driving a Mini, an actual car. I don't know much about car racing, and even less about children, so I suppose that's why it seems so shocking to me.

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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
Miracle of God or of modern medicine? I'm having trouble deciding. [Eek!]

Well, modern medicine had a lot to do with his long-term survival - quite possibly he would have died anyway a few years ago - but it's hard to say whether "techniques have advanced" for this specific injury because as they said, they've never seen it on a live patient before.

So both, I suppose.

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Some would say it is a miracle of God because God gave the medical professionals the knowledge and the ability to perform the surgery.

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I think the medical professionals that spent many long years in school and hundreds of hours perfecting techniques and skills might object to "gave".

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IIRC, it wasn't the shoe bomber's loud prayers that sparked the takedown by the other passengers; it was that he was trying to light his shoe on fire. Very, very different. Canuckistan

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I saw another young boy that this happened to on some sort of "medical marvels" show about a year ago. That boy had been hit by a car I believe. He lived, but didn't recover as well as the boy in the article, the update showed him still struggling to walk I believe. I wonder if being young has some factor in helping to recover from such an injury?

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Suprisingly, no one thinks that it's a miracle that God forgot to give the parents some common sense.

Or, maybe, God made that accident happen so he could test the surgeons

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But, he said, although Chris is expected to make a near to full recovery he would not be returning to the car racing track anytime soon.
Now there's an understatement!

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They had a similar case on "Medical Incredible" on Discovery Health. Basically, they did the same thing. I think this is the show Syllavus is referring to.

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I'm with you, nurple. Especially the part where the parents were "watching the race"? And their 11-year-old son was driving a Mini at about 40 mph? Wow.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sabrina_Fairchild:
They had a similar case on "Medical Incredible" on Discovery Health. Basically, they did the same thing. I think this is the show Syllavus is referring to.

I saw a show with this type of case, too. We may all have seen the same show.

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I saw it too. The show stated that it was lucky that the boy (young teenager, I believe), had a good crew.

I want to say that it was Medical Incredible.

Morrigan

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What's with all the shock and horror about the fact he was racing a car? 8 or 9 is about the age that the vast majority of the top drivers started. He was at an organised meeting in Alton in a racing mini with full restraints and a crash helmet.

I think the critique of the parents' judgement in this case is uncalled for and wrong.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
What's with all the shock and horror about the fact he was racing a car? 8 or 9 is about the age that the vast majority of the top drivers started. He was at an organised meeting in Alton in a racing mini with full restraints and a crash helmet.

I think the critique of the parents' judgement in this case is uncalled for and wrong.

I disagree. Just because it's common amongst the racing community doesn't mean it's wise for the parents to allow it. If the vast majority of top drivers start racing at 8 or 9, all that says to me is that there are a lot of parents who have poor judgement. Just my opinion.

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The vast majority of children racing cars aren't ever injured though.

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True, but that doesn't stop me from questioning their judgement, though.
But...like I said earlier, I know very little about car racing and even less about children. I doubt those parents care that I think they are being foolish.

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quote:
Originally posted by nurple:

But...like I said earlier, I know very little about car racing and even less about children. I doubt those parents care that I think they are being foolish.

Whether the parents care or not doesn't absolve you from forming a considered opinion.

I can understand your reaction to the story, but sticking by it even after acknowledging your ignorance of both motorsport and parenting displays a slightly distasteful prejudice.

On that basis it absolutely stops you from questioning their judgement as you have no basis on which to judge them.

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Hans Off, I was basing my opinion on a quick search for '1000c mini' that brought up a short list of sites featuring cars that are not manufactured specifically for underaged drivers, not modified for children who have not reached full growth. If I am mistaken, and the cars used at this racetrack are modified, I withdraw my criticism of the parents. Otherwise, I'm still with Nurple.

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I'm with Nurple, too. When my daughter is eighteen and tells me she wants to be a stunt woman, that's fine. Until then, it is my job to keep her healthy and in one piece.

P.S. DD already tells me she wants to be a firefighter when she grows up. Just like Mama! [Big Grin] I'm still not letting her play with matches, though!

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I'm with Hans. Child racers are common. The vast majority of regular driving skill is in interacting with the other drivers, knowing what they're going to do. The mechanical operation of a vehicle is not a skill an 11 year old is too young for.

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I'm with Hans. Child racers are common. The vast majority of regular driving skill is in interacting with the other drivers, knowing what they're going to do. The mechanical operation of a vehicle is not a skill an 11 year old is too young for.
Their cars are also choked so that they have less power, they are built to withstand a crash (glass removed, racing seats, racing belts, roll cage, removal of flammable material, safety tanks and so on), and the tracks are built to be safe (safe if you drive off the track, no risk of accidentally "shortcutting" across the rough into another part of the track, no hard barriers).

Racing is not as dangerous as it looks, as everybody is travelling in the same direction. There are no head-ons or T-bones, just bumping of cars with little relative speed difference.

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