When you see the X-ray, you cannot help but cringe and hope something like this never, ever, happens to you. A three-foot long steel shaft with stainless steel tips, shot from a spear-gun, perfectly stuck in a teenager’s skull, entering one inch above his right eye, through his brain, and exiting the back of his head.
“You could feel the tip under the skin on the posterior part of the skull,” said Trauma Care surgeon Dr. George Garcia says
And 16-year-old Yasser López not only survived, but doctors say he stands a good chance of making a near-full recovery.
Doctors stress how lucky he is. López begins rehab this week. And the surgeons successfully pulled off an amazingly complicated and delicate spear removal.
According to the boy’s friend, the two teens were at a lake near their Miami-area home, preparing to do some spear-fishing. Spearguns are typically fired by an elastic-powered trigger and are increasingly popular among free-divers, snorkelers and scuba divers hunting all types of fish. The friend says when he was loading the spear, it accidentally fired, shooting the spear into the front of López’s skull. Police say that appears to be the case.