“He was really lifeless,” 4-year-old survives being “internally decapitated” in violent crash

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OWYHEE COUNTY, Idaho – Brandy Gonzalez knew there was nothing she could do.

“I see this car coming and I’m just praying that he’s going to slow down,” Gonzalez told KTVB.

Brandy and her 4-year-old son, Killian, were traveling in Idaho during a hail storm when another car appeared on the road.

In an instant, Brandy knew they were going to collide and there was no way she could avoid the crash.

“It was just so fast. I looked back at Killian to see if there’s anything I can do, like if there’s a blanket I can throw over him. There’s just nothing, and then we hit,” she remembered.

When she looked back, Killian was hunched over the side of his booster seat, not moving.

Leah Kaupanger-Woodward and her husband, Joel, were traveling along the same highway and saw the crash.

When they stopped to help, Joel immediately saw Killian in the back seat.

“He was really lifeless,” Kaupanger-Woodward told KTVB.

Joel told his wife to hold Killian’s head in place until paramedics arrived.

“She did so amazing. I could never thank her enough. She held his head perfectly still for 30 minutes until they got there,” Gonzalez said.

Doctors later learned that Killian was internally decapitated because four of the six ligaments connecting his skull to his spine were damaged.

He also suffered bleeding in his brain, a ruptured spleen, a broken arm and broken ribs.

Brandy Gonzalez suffered a broken femur, tibia, smashed knee, shattered ankle and a broken arm, according to KTVB.

Amazingly, both are expected to make a full recovery.


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