New Photos of Ronald Poppo, Face-Eating Victim, Released Post-Surgery

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Two weeks after having most of his face chewed off by a crazed Rudy Eugene near the MacArthur Causeway in downtown Miami, victim Ronald Poppo is slowly recovering. Jackson Memorial Hospital says the 65-year-old is awake and alert, and the hospital has released new photos of his face after undergoing treatment and surgery. Updated: Police may have accidentally been shot by police during the incident. 

While the lower portion of Poppo's face remains mostly intact, the upper portion is now covered in scabs and skin grafts. His nose is completely missing. One eye socket is covered in skin, and the other is covered in a gauze pad. You can see a clearer picture of Poppo's face here.

UM/Jackson trauma surgeon Dr. Nicholas Namias and plastic surgeon Dr. Wrood Kassira are part of the team treating Poppo and say he is recovering about as well as could be expected.

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In fact, according to the hospital's Twitter feed, Dr. Namias visited Poppo this morning and says the victim has a message for the community: "Go Heat."

Poppo is expected to remain in treatment at Jackson for a few more weeks. Doctors say he is dealing with the emotional trauma well.

"We have mental health professionals to help him with the coping, and he's coping remarkably well," Dr. Namias said.

Update: Doctors also found two holes in Poppo's chest when he came into Jackson. They believe that Poppo may have been hit by a stray bullet while police were firing at his attacker. The holes may be the exit and entry point of the bullet. 

We've included a clearer photo of Poppo's face on the next page. Be warned that the photo is graphic.


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timmybobby
timmybobby

Updated: Police may have accidentally been shot by police during the incident.

 

Yeah, that's it.

ztigmata_z0mbi
ztigmata_z0mbi

I don't think chemically altered drugs are the main culprit. It's clearly mental illness. Perhaps a Concurrent Disorder. But no "chemical drug" ... be it "bath salts" or "vodka eye-balling" or whatever the media is hyping up right now, would cause "face eating behaviour", in and of itself.

 

It would be lovely if we could just convince a person suffering from a schizophrenic related disorder to "put their mind to better use", but it is more difficult then you presume.

Guest
Guest

Like HOLY SHIT. What are people coming to? Can't we all just smoke some weed and be cool with life? No, not just no, but FUCK FUCKING NO. We have to experiment with other chemically altered drugs that are not needed. For fucks sake, lets put our minds to making things better for us instead of eating each others faces off.

Shelly
Shelly

I hope if he was that angry, it does change his heart and know that people truely do care about him. Im a nurse, i know its not easy giving a hand to someone thats mean, but i know that some people that are that rude or just the meanest things around, they are that way for a reason, so i try to step back and try to realize that. and they direct their anger in the wrong direction. Im happy to hear you say the 10 x's ive help him...cause that means there are people out there that are still willing to help...just dont give up on the ones that are the meanest....they will evenually turn around....just gotta pray for them. :) 

Shelly
Shelly

My thoughts and prayers are with you Poppo. Good to hear your in spirits!!! For the people that made unbelievable hurtful comments against this man...well i pray for you too. Someone needs to. Why does this crap turn into a racist, just plain ignorence. People find crap to nitpick about and they run with it. I dont care about what Poppo did in the past or what type of person he is. No one, and i mean NO ONE deserves that!!!!! If Poppo was a mean person in his past...well im sure this is awaking for him. It's his business what he does with His Life from here on out without anyone to judge him.        I do believe ALLL of us knows there's only one to Judge........and Thats God. SO ppl need to get off the high horse and give a caring heart to someone in need. You dont know the shoes they walk in, nor will you ever....

Peggy Holme
Peggy Holme

I am a white, hard-working woman and single mother. Not only do I come home every day to a small apartment of screaming children and a mess, but my one hour to relax is ruined when I turn on channel 5 to see some drugged up, naked homeless men playing spin-the-bottle a little too hard and having an oopsie, but dammit, living in the city with taxes this high, I swear I am paying money to support people like this. This is asinine!

Negative Nancy
Negative Nancy

Damn right he deserved it. I wish I would have had the privilege to chew the bastards face off myself.

Tyler
Tyler

To be fair, an I.Q. of 129 isn't that impressive and is moderately uncommon at best.  It's really presumptuous to expect him to make a difference in the world because he has a (barely) above average I.Q. The worst part is that this standard rating is compared to the general world population, most of which are dumb as a whole with I.Qs ranging around 100.  Once someone is in thr 140 range, then, hell even then they most likely won't even utilize it.   I know from personal experience.  I.Q. is generally a pointless gauge, especially one that's only 120.

Faith Jesus
Faith Jesus

Lord have mercy. That man had the spirit of the Antichrist in him when he attacked this poor man

jce63
jce63

Tox is in now Yosh. Nothin but "pot" in his system.

jce63
jce63

You have some pretty high expectations for this poor man who's been living on the streets of south florida for years, survived a gunshot along the way, and just got his face chewed off. I think your perspective needs some adjusting. sheesh

Diana Censoprano
Diana Censoprano

maybe alchohol didnt help his mindset and maybe   b itter for bein g  on the streets for 30 yrs or  however long   i t was. But sweetie not  the time for negativity. please.

Diana Censoprano
Diana Censoprano

God bless you! your the strongest minded man body and mind . I hope your happy and have luck the rest of your life thank the lord jesus christ for doctors and Emt of miami Fla for helping you and for that officer who helped u also. I think of you daily love  ya hugs kisses

Diana
Diana

Mr.Poppo I  am so proud of you being in such layed back moods and hope you get the best treatment as you deserved it your whole life! I donated what I can and will try and send more just for you ..... we love you Diana censoprano of suffolk cnty ny and family. God bless. cant wait to see you happy again. your a very strong willed man god bless always on my mind and in heart.

Ts_1307
Ts_1307

http://www.giveforward.com/raisemoneyforronald and http://www.giveforward.com/ronaldpopporecovery These websites automatically sends this to Jackson Memorial in a special fund for his reconstructive surgeries and pain care. I am now teaming up with the Jackson Memorial donation website and Mr. Fredo Gonzalez at Give Forward who has started another doonation site for Mr. Ronald Poppo. Any additional funds left over after medical bills will be provided to Mr. Poppo or his guardian to be used for his extended care, housing, pain medication throughout his life, and psychiatric care. Please either donate this this site or to Jackson via Fredo Gonzalez at http://www.giveforward.com/ronaldpopporecovery. Both funds will be joined and sent to Jackson Memorial on August 31, 2012!!! Remember, if the victim was a 10 year old kid, there would have been an outpouring of support and kindness. He has no one to help him but us, his neighbors, the public, humanity. I have also contacted Jackson Memorial hospital to volunteer my time reading, speaking, and spending time with Ronald Poppo.

Jack
Jack

youre cute though from what i can make out from your tiny picture, so ill forgive you

Jack
Jack

no credible scientists, or anybody else, give any credence to IQ scores, not anymore. too many variables, too many factors, too many types of "intelligence"

Tim
Tim

jesus...poor guy. say, isnt that giant asteroid long overdue?

MLKhadadream
MLKhadadream

If Zimmerman had not shot and killed Trayvon someone in Sanford would have his dick all chewed up. Best wishes and a speedy recovery i would rather my tax dollars be used to care for you than have it spent supporting the black bitches with 6  kids who dont work and live off govt assistance or some nigger scum of the earth lazy asss motherfucker.....

Daniel Kinnison
Daniel Kinnison

im glad they shot that krazy dick at least the tax payers don't have to support him in a mental hospital for the rest of his sick life bullets are much "CHEAPER"

Adrianne
Adrianne

What is your problem idiot?? Are you insensitive? He is just giving his opinion asshole! I'm not black but I do care about human beings... Under the eyes of God we are all the same... Don't judge people because oh how they look... This is a terrible incident but instead of giving support you are saying stupid things to innocent people... You better watch out or one of the "monkeys" is gonna kick your ass! Jerk!

Coreysthemon
Coreysthemon

 Stupid comment!  I'm sure he would much rather this had not happened to him-idiot!

chicchi
chicchi

Shut the hell up. If that the case so be it. Atleast it will be spent on someone who deserves it.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

good thing it was crazy enough to make the news,   they would have kicked him out of hospital the next day

Michelle Donovan
Michelle Donovan

Updated: Police may have accidentally been shot by police during the incident. *Should be Poppo may have

Mr Rylen
Mr Rylen

Yoshi, the attackers name is rudy eugene, and YES he has had violent outbursts before. He beat his mom 6 years ago, and had drug charged, (not just bud either,) and is also documented that rudy was mentally unstable. So please just shut the hell up u asshole, u clearly dont have a clue or a conscience. -Orin

Bcrissman1976
Bcrissman1976

You stereotyping jerk... Not all homeless people smoke crack... I have been part of a homeless ministry on the streets of Atlanta. While there are some out there that do drugs there are many who simply fell on hard times and could not recover. Face it many of us could be just a couple of missed paychecks from the street. Many of them go for days without any food at all. When they do eat they walk miles to do so. How dare you pass such a harsh judgement.

Bcrissman1976
Bcrissman1976

Would rather support him than these deadbeats able to work but choose not too. Good Luck Mr. Poppo..

smokepotallday420
smokepotallday420 topcommenter

Dafuq are you talking about lady??? You think the taxes are high here try taking your bitchass to California

portablefernie
portablefernie

and why are you mentioning your race? wtf cares? 

portablefernie
portablefernie

lady the vagina is not a clown car..stop having kids if you can barely support them. Trust me more of our tax dollars will be spent on your kids than your few pennies you pay in taxes (after deductions) that go to homeless people....no gtfo and have a nice day with your screaming snowflakes

portablefernie
portablefernie

IQ measurements are a joke. My IQ was 148 in HS. I got a degree in business....after dropping out from medical school

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