Jackson Memorial Hospital is on something of a streak. After holding a press conference updating the public on their successful treatment of face-eating victim Ronald Poppo
, the hospital today revealed details to the public of how they managed to save a Miami teenager after he wound up with a spear in his forehead
after an accident involving a spear gun.
The 16-year-old boy, Yasser Lopez, was fishing with a friend near the 5200 block of SW 139th Place on Thursday, June 7. The boys were loading a spear gun when it accidentally went off and hit Lopez right above his right eye. The boy was conscious when he was airlifted to JMH.
The hospitals released photos today showing that the spear actually penetrated all the way through Lopez's head, and exited through the other side.
, doctors removed the spear during a three-hour surgery. Dr. Ross Bullock, a trauma neurosurgeon, said that miraculously the spear missed major vessels in Lopez's brain.
Doctors say Lopez may not need further surgery, and may regain his ability to speak.