10-year-old boy miraculously survives face-first fall onto meat skewer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CBS) Nearly 100 medical professionals at the University of Kansas health system worked together this past weekend to save a young boy who had a skewer stuck in his head.

It is nearly unimaginable to think of how Gabrielle Miller must have felt when she saw her son's face on Saturday (Sept. 8).

Ten-year-old Xavier had been playing in his treehouse in Harrisonville, Missouri, when a swarm of yellowjackets began to attack him and his friends.

As the boys scrambled to get down the ladder, Xavier fell onto a rotisserie skewer the boys had just found in a field and stuck into the ground.

"It was just a feeling of terror. He was more upset about the yellowjackets than he was about the metal piece sticking out of his face," said Xavier's dad, Shannon Miller.

Doctors in Harrisonville, Missouri, moved Xavier to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and they immediately transferred him to the University of Kansas Health System.

Rather than sending him directly to surgery, doctors spent hours gathering information from brain surgeons - ENT's and other specialists - preparing for a surgery that was about as delicate as it could be.

Just one day after surgery, Xavier was playing his favorite football games on Xbox and resting very comfortably with a tiny Band-Aid on his face.

"Only God could have directed things to happen in a way that would save him like this. It really was a miracle. I mean, it was a miracle," said Miller.