Teen Survives 3′ Fishing Spear in Brain

Florida boy recovering in Miami hospital

Megan Stroup

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A Florida teen who was accidentally shot through the brain with a three-foot spear while fishing was moved out of the intensive care unit of a Miami hospital yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery. Sixteen-year-old Yassar Lopez was spear-fishing with a friend on June 7 when the spear gun they were using accidentally deployed. The spear entered his forehead and went through his brain, stopping before penetrating the skin at the back of his head. Doctors had to cut the protruding spear with a rebar cutter in order for Lopez to fit in the CT scanner. Doctors say he is now able to sit up and speak and is likely to suffer only minor mobility issues on his left side.

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