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Taylor Sanders: 'Miracle' survivor

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MACON, GA (WALB) - A Six-year-old Albany boy is still recovering in a Macon hospital, three months after a crash that left him seriously injured.

 Doctors are calling Taylor Sanders a 'miracle.'

The lobby of the Children's Hospital of Navicent Health was packed with doctors, family and friends Wednesday, dressed head-to-toe in Ninja Turtles attire, all to celebrate 6-year-old Taylor Sanders' recovery.

It's been three months since Taylor first arrived for treatment at the Macon hospital. He was airlifted there September 20th for serious injuries after his family's car crashed trying to avoid a deer on Highway 200 in Newton. 

"We lost control and we went down a hill and sort of went up and hit a light pole," said Wendy Sanders, Taylor's mom.

Doctors didn't know if Taylor would live. Dr. Eric Long even says he had never seen this many serious internal injuries in a child or adult before.

"There's not a chapter in a textbook to fix some of these injuries because they haven't really been described in anybody alive before," said Dr. Long.

But Taylor's doctors didn't give up hope, even when his heart briefly stopped. He went through several surgeries, and the doctors say, after each one, they were surprised with his improvement. His parents believe every step was an answered prayer.

"We prayed," said Taylor's mom. "We prayed and the nurses, even, when we were praying would come in and stand there and pray with us."

Taylor was 5-years-old when he was taken to the hospital. He celebrated his 6th birthday, unconscious, but with his family and new friends at the hospital. 

"Before we were talking about all of this stuff we were going to do for his birthday," his mom recalled. "He's six. He just started kindergarten and I mean it was very emotional."

Now, Taylor can walk and play with his 2-year-old brother Bryson again. Though the full road to recovery isn't over yet.

"He will need more surgery going forward. Right now, we don't have any planned in the short term," added Dr. Long. "We've got a little bit ahead of us but you know, it's a great step," said Don Sanders, Taylor's dad.

Taylor's family and doctors hope he'll be released from the hospital by Friday. When he is able to leave, his family says there'll be another big celebration to welcome him home.

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