Brandon Taylor at the Mater Children’s Hospital in January with a severe laceration to his throat.
Brandon Taylor at the Mater Children’s Hospital in January with a severe laceration to his throat. Supplied

7yo boy survives near decapitation

BRANDON Taylor is thanking his lucky stars and emergency medical crews today after miraculously surviving a motorbike accident in which he was almost decapitated.

The Dalby seven-year-old’s throat was slashed after he hit a barbed wire fence.

The wire luckily missed vital arteries, but left him with a gaping wound.

Seven-year-old Brandon had been riding with his brother Alex on his grandparents’ property near Dalby on January 3 when he hit the fence. He was strung up on the wire and could not move.

His mother Nicole Taylor said nine-year-old Alex went to get help and returned with his cousin Andrew Taylor, 20.

Brandon TaylorThey then had the grisly and delicate task of extricating Brandon from the fence

Both boys took Brandon up to the grandparents’ home on the back of a motorcycle.

“My husband Michael drove him to Dalby Hospital as it was quicker and then a helicopter was called to fly Brandon to Brisbane,” Mrs Taylor said.

“He was conscious the whole time.”

Brandon underwent a three-hour operation to get 70 stitches in his neck.

Mrs Taylor said the wire had cut all the layers of the skin.

“You could see right to his voice box,” she said.

“He was out of hospital by January 9 and everyone was surprised he recovered so fast.”

Brandon TaylorBrandon returned to Dalby Christian School last month showing off his amazing scar.

He then wanted to make a special visit to the Emergency Management Queensland rescue helicopter crew who flew him to Brisbane.

“They were fantastic,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I basically had to leave him in their hands and he could have died en route. I can’t say enough about them as well as the doctors at the Mater Children’s Hospital.”

 

Brandon visits aircrew officer Rod Edwards who helped save his life.

Aircrew officer Rod Edwards said it was great to see Brandon doing so well.

“It is pretty rare to see a patient after an accident,” he said.

“But we took Brandon around and showed him the helicopter. He got to use the radio and also the flight training simulator which he loved.

“He is extremely lucky to be alive.”



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