Colorado man survives ‘internal decapitation’

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. ( KUSA) – John Boyer says he can’t remember what happened on Oct. 25.

However, he is reminded about what happened that night every single day.

According to KUSA, Boyer was riding in the backseat of his friend’s SUV after a night out.

The driver was sleepy and eventually lost control of the vehicle.

“He over-corrected and went over the guard rail,” Boyer said. “The car started flipping in the forward position.”

Boyer and his friends were thrown from the vehicle since they weren’t wearing their seat belts.

He was rushed to a hospital and diagnosed with Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation.

“I was diagnosed with an internal decapitation,” said Boyer.

Doctors say Boyer’s skull had become internally detached from his spine.

According to Dr. Douglas Wong, a skull has about a one millimeter gap at the joint to the spine.

Boyer’s skull was approximately six millimeters away.

Amazingly, he survived and is expected to make a full recovery.

However, he still regrets one thing from that day.

“All it took was putting my seat belt on,” Boyer said.


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