Four-year-old boy miraculously survives internal decapitation thanks to a stranger

Little boy's miraculous survival.
Little boy's miraculous survival.  Photo: Twitter

A four-year-boy has survived thanks to the actions of a stranger after he was internally decapitated in a car crash.

Killian and his mother, Brandy Gonzalez, were driving home to Nevada from Idaho after celebrating his fourth birthday when their car skidded out of control on some ice and crashed into another vehicle, KBO2 reports.

Driving in the opposite direction were a police officer and his wife Leah Woodward. Hearing the boy's screams, they smashed a window and Leah climbed in.

Under the direction of her husband, Leah sat Killian up and held his head to protect his cervical spine for more than half an hour while they waited for paramedics.

"I'm trying to stay calm but inside I'm panicking," Leah told KBO2. "I'm thinking I don't know what I'm doing, and it was the worst feeling I've ever had to not know how to help."

Killian was taken to St. Luke's hospital with a ruptured spleen, broken arm and multiple broken ribs; he also suffered clinical decapitation where the skull separated from his spine.

According to KBO2, less than one per cent of people survive this type of injury. 

"Leah's actions more than likely saved Killian's life," said a GoFundMe page. 


Brandy broke her arm, femur and the top of her tibia. Her ankle also required multiple pins.

"She saved my baby," Brandy said. "She gave him back."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses.