A UTAH man had a 90 to 95 percent chance of dying after shattering his skull in more than 10 places until a neurosurgeon removed both sides of his head and froze it.
Kyle Johnson’s brain swelled uncontrollably after he fell off a longboard - essentially a surfboard on wheels - while travelling about 60km/h.
Dr Blake Welling of McKay-Dee Hospital in Utah decided to perform the risky surgery.
“We elected to take Kyle to surgery and remove each side of his head,” Dr Welling told FOXNews.com.
“It’s called a bilateral decompressive craniectomy. It’s something that neurosurgeons do as a last ditch effort.
“Most neurosurgeons do a decompressive craniectomy on one side of the head, where the trauma was.