PHOENIX -- Spunky and sporting his skills on the basketball court, you’d never know Micah Andrews, age 4, is considered a medical miracle.
“This is a kid who bounced back from the brink of death,” said Dr. Nicholas Theodore of St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute.
Andrews and Dr. Theodore were both honored by the Phoenix Suns before Thursday’s game, for the boy’s incredible story of survival.
“I’m so excited to meet those guys!” Micah Andrews said of the players.
It’s a moment his family didn’t know would be possible just a couple of years ago.
In 2010, Andrews, his mom and sister were involved in a bad car accident. Doctors say he was internally decapitated, meaning his upper cervical spine detached from his skull.
“Micah’s odds were definitely against him,” said his dad John Andrews.
“We were able to take him to surgery to literally reattach his head to his spine, and in doing so, gave him a new lease on life,” said Dr. Theodore.
“Nobody expected this, nobody knew he would walk, but lots of prayer got us here,” said John Andrews.
Doctors say Micah is doing better than anyone expected and has a bright future ahead.
“I’m extremely grateful to the doctors; I’m extremely grateful to the emergency responders, because one wrong move, one little hair’s breath, and it could have been a different story,” said Heather Andrews, Micah’s mom.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center says the procedure used in Andrews’ case was a technique perfected at the Barrow Neurological Institute.