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Boy who recovered from near-fatal spinal injury honored by Suns team

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A valley doctor and his young patient have received a big honor from the Phoenix Suns.

The 4-year-old boy was internally decapitated during a car accident. That means his skull became detached from his spine.

Not only is the boy living, he's thriving, and Thursday night the boy and his doctor were honored at a Suns' game.

It's a moment John and Heather Andrews never thought would happen. Their son Micah, honored at a Suns game – walking, jumping and playing like any other 4-year-old.

"Dr. Nicolas Theodore at St. Joseph's saved Micah's life by using a surgical technique perfected at Barrows to reattach his body to his head," said the announcer.

Micah's head became internally detached from the rest of his body when a vehicle slammed into his mother's car 2 years ago.

The death rate of an internal decapitation is more than 98-percent.

Being able to walk again is so rare, doctors don't even keep statistics on it.

"It's incredible, it's incredible, I mean we thank God every day for it. You know, we certainly didn't expect it," says John Andrews, Micah's dad.

Micah and his doctor Nicolas Theodore were named Suns "co-captains" before tip-off.

They had a chance to hang out with a few players and enjoy the game.

Micah is celebrating being alive with his family, his fans, and his hero.

"Every time I see him it brings joy to my heart. He is a one in a million kid," says Dr. Theodore.

The surgery Dr. Theodore uses has a low success rate, even if it's done perfectly. He believes that Micah's recovery is a miracle.

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