Victim Of Internal Decapitation Continues Road To Recovery

In January 2007, an auto accident resulted in Malloy’s skull becoming dislocated from her spine. The medical term is “internal decapitation.” In other words, the two were held together with just tissue and muscles. When 7NEWS first aired the story, doctors told us a patient’s odds of survival are typically slim. “I’ve seen it once before and, unfortunately, the patient didn’t make it,” said Dr. Gary Ghiselli. But Malloy has managed to pull through. Doctors were able to fuse her skull and neck together using a halo. Once that was removed, though, there were other problems. The impact of the crash damaged nerves that controlled her eye position. Her eyes were crossed. “I just see so wacky. I can’t even … it’s hard to know,” said Malloy. Dr. Robert King, of Children’s Eye Physicians checked the situation out. After careful analysis, King told Malloy nerves from her brain to her eye muscles were severed or damaged in the accident.


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