BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- He's being called the miracle baby. Jessiah Jackson is back home in Brunswick County after a risky surgery to remove a metal rod from his brain. He only had a ten percent chance of survival after the accident earlier this month, but today he's your typical toddler.
"He is a miracle," Jessiah's grandmother Tammy Jones said. "He is our miracle, and we're thankful to God that he spared his life and brought him back to us."
Jessiah still wears a hospital bracelet after being released from a Chapel Hill hospital Wednesday. July 17, the toddler fell off the front deck of his family's home near Leland and on to a pressure washer.
"It was the scariest moment of my life," Jessiah's uncle Carlton Redd said. "He was literally two or three feet from me, and when he stood up, there was nothing I could do."
The sheer impact of Jessiah's head cracked a pipe and threatened his life. The piece of metal was embedded two and a half inches into his brain. His doctor said he's lucky to be alive and his family says they're ecstatic he is back home.
"He's just the same old Jessiah again," his mother Shameeka Jones said.
His family says Jessiah is a fighter, and is basically fine other than a small scar on the back of his head. One day after leaving the hospital he's smiling and playing like a normal toddler. Still he has a long list of scheduled medications beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.
The family credits the neurosurgeon at Chapel Hill and the power of prayer for Jessiah's excellent prognosis. They say jessiah beat the odds. He was only given a small chance to live and is now living proof that miracles exist.
"Everyone calls him a miracle baby, but God is in the miracle-making business, so to me he just reaffirmed what people need to live their life," Jessiah's grandfather Joseph Jones said.
"I know that things happen for a reason, and I know that he does have a purpose and this just goes to show that God is real," Shameeka Jones said.
The Jones family says the accident has also changed them. Joseph Jones says he's been reminded that you need to live each day as your last. The family plans on making a plaque with the metal from Jessiah's head and a photo album to remember the incident that proved to them the power of prayer.