The impact crushed his head, shattering all of the bone on his left side.
After surgery to replace the skull was unsuccessful, he was sent home with a helmet, ordered to wear it 24 hours a day.
It meant Teddy – described by his mother as a ‘rambunctious kid’ – could not go to friends parties for fear of getting on a bounce house, and his friends parents could not bear the risk of hurting him during a sleepover.
But now he is running around like any of child, thanks to a newly-designed skull that almost perfectly mimics the original.
It was created by doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles after years of research to find a solution for Teddy.
The final product, surgically implanted earlier this year, was made from a material called PolyEtherEtherKetone (or, PEEK).
Uniquely, it bears all the physical hallmarks of real skull material.
‘This was a remarkable defect,’ his doctor, Dr Mark Urata, told CBS Los Angeles.
‘It was close to 50 percent of his skull that was gone.’
Now that Teddy is back to normal – running around, dabbing, sliding and screaming – his mother Lisa Ward is ecstatic.
‘No parent wanted the responsibly of a child without a skull,’ she told CBS. ‘I put the word out, literally a few days ago, that Teddy is available for sleepovers!’ On a serious note she added: ‘We are the lucky ones. And we know it. And we’re thankful.’
Source: Daily Mail