Cedar Springs woman survives internal decapitation


CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — That Lila DeLine survived the car crash that internally decapitated her is astounding, doctors say.

Dr. Charles Gibson, a trauma and acute care surgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, said DeLine's spinal cord broke so far up that it was essentially the same injury you'd see from a guillotine.

She is the first patient he has seen survive such a severe injury.

"Just her getting here is nothing short of a miracle," Gibson said. "Most people don't even make it from the scene of the crash with this sort of injury."

The pain from her injuries is still visible from the winces on DeLine's face, but that doesn't undermine her undeniable progress.

Full story: WOOD TV


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