9-year-old Jordan Taylor was in a car accident that separated his skull from his vertebrae. "There was no connection between the bones of the neck and the head," explained Cook Children's Dr. Richard Roberts. "All of the connective tissue that essentially keeps your head connected to your neck was destroyed." Doctors call the injury an "orthopedic decapitation" and at the time gave Jordan a one percent chance for survival.
Nevertheless, Dr. Roberts reconnected Jordan's head to his neck with a metal plate, screws and titanium rods. On Friday, Jordan walked out of the hospital and will go back to school in January.