By Jon Schuppe / NBC News
October 7, 2015

A toddler in Australia is smiling and learning to walk again after surgeons reattached his spine to his head following a high-speed car accident.

The 16-month-old boy, Jaxon Taylor, was riding in a car with his mother and 9-year-old sister last month when they collided head-on with another car at about 70 mph in northern New South Wales. The force of the impact tore apart Jaxon’s upper vertebrae, leaving his head internally severed.

“The second I pulled him out, I knew that he — I knew that his neck was broken,” Jaxon Taylor’s mother Rylea Taylor, told 7 News Melbourne.

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