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Piece of teen's skull stored in abdomen

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A young valley boy is recovering after a life threatening surgery. He actually had part of his skull removed, and that skull part was implanted near his stomach for months.

15-year-old Jake Falletich, a student at Williamsfield High School, was hit by a car while riding his bike on January 2.

He was transported by air to Maricopa Medical Center, and there, doctors saw the right side of his skull was crushed. He also had other skull fractures near his spinal cord, and things weren't looking good.

"Doctors and nurses all prepared us to wait," says mom Terry Falletich.

11 days in a coma, 3 weeks in intensive care, and months of rehab later, Jake is ready to resume a normal life.

When the accident happened, doctors removed a piece of his skull and put in his abdomen to stay viable while his head swelling went down. It was just replaced.

"I think it's amazing what medical science can do nowadays. You look back 20 years, they couldn't do this," says Jake.

"It's amazing since it happened how many other stories we heard that were similar. So it's not that uncommon," says dad Rich Falletich.

Jake can now walk, talk and eat, but he's missed out on playing baseball, golf, and going to the gym.

FOX 10's Dan Spindle reports.

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