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Indian-origin Neuro-Surgeon re-attaches British man’s head after accident

An British man who had his head ripped off from his spine in a car accident has survived, a media report said on Sunday.

Indian-origin neuro-surgeon Anant Kamat re-attached Tony Cowan’s skull to his spine with a metal plate and bolts in a rare operation. Mr Cowan now hopes to go home soon, Mirror online reported.

Tony Cowan from Newcastle city met with an accident on September 9 last year, when his car hit a speed-bump, spun out of control and crashed into a telephone pole.

His heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated by paramedics at the location before being rushed to a hospital. Mr Cowan sustained a fracture in his neck and complete spinal cord injury — an injury medics describe as almost “unsurvivable”.

He was not brain-damaged even though his head was snapped off from his spine and it was only being held in place by tissue and muscle at the time of crash.

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