'Miracle Boy' Survives Near-Fatal Accident

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Seventeen-month-old Jessiah Jackson is spending his first night back at home in Wilmington, N.C., after surviving what could have been a fatal accident.

He is now being called the "Miracle Boy" after he fell on a metal hook that lodged in his brain. Little Jessiah can barely talk, but he has an unforgettable story to tell.

"A lot of people say it's a miracle. Yes he is, but I like to say he's a blessed baby," Jessiah's grandfather, Jospeh, said.

Jessiah was on the porch in his family's back yard when he dropped his sippy cup, reached out to grab it and took terrible tumble.

"The next thing I know he stood up in it and before I could react, his chair was going backward," Jessiah's uncle, Carlton, said.

He landed head first on a pressure washer. The machine's hook lodged two inches inside his brain, only a hair from its main blood vessel. A puncture there would have killed him.

"That is God, working with you," Joseph said.

The family's prayers were answered at every turn. Their neighbor, a rescue squad volunteer, happened to have a saw capable of cutting the power washer.

"His head was all the way hubbed up against the back of this bar, and I took and went down by his shoulder blade, and I cut through the bar this way, away from him," neighbor Lavern Nobels said.

Jessiah was then airlifted to North Carolina Children's Hospital in Durham, where it was touch-and-go before, during and after the operation to remove the hook.

Dr. Anand Germanwala performed the surgery, but admits he had some much needed assistance.

"This story really had two possible outcomes: one is very good, one is very bad," Germanwala said. "In this particular case, I think we had a lot of help from above."

That makes for a happy ending to Jessiah's unforgettable story. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and his grandfather has promised to buy him a brand new four wheeler.

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