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'Miracle baby' released from hospital

Posted July 28, 2010 3:57 p.m. EDT
Updated July 28, 2010 4:07 p.m. EDT

— A 17-month-old boy, who survived the removal of a metal rod lodged in his head inches from his brain, went home from the hospital on Wednesday.

Jessiah Jackson was released from UNC  Children's Hospital after more than a week there.

Jessiah was playing outside of his family’s home in Leland on July 17, when he fell off of a chair and onto a rod attached to a pressure washer lying on the ground.

A day later, UNC neurosurgeon Anand Germanwala removed from rod from Jessiah’s head.

"I think we had a lot of help from above, and fortunately, everything went well," Germanwala said. "I think he is a miracle baby."

Since the procedure, Jessiah has shown no signs of long-term damage, he said. The boy is on antibiotics to prevent infection, but so far appears to be perfectly healthy.