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Teen survives taking a fishing spear to the head

So, we’ve seen the guy with the nail in his head, and even people impaled through their stomachs. We have never, ever seen anything like what 16-year-old Yasser Lopez went through.

Yasser and his friend were prepping for a fishing trip, when doctors say his friend accidently shot a three foot spear, right through the middle of his skull! We’d say, those shaky hands are more than enough of a reason to ‘unfriend’ the guy with the gun.

Doctors say the spear went in about one inch above his right eye straight through. Doctors could even feel the tip under the skin on the opposite part of the kid’s skull. Rescuers used a rebar tool to cut 18-inches of the steel spear before they could even get Yasser into the scanner.

Fortunately, that allowed neurosurgeon’s to see the spear in Yasser’s head was actually a screw tip, and that’s a good thing.

Dr. Ross Bullock says, “It was possible for [doctors] to figure out a strategy during the operation to be able to unscrew the tip of the spear, instead of having to get this whole spear dragged out through his brain.”

Miraculously, the shaft missed every major blood vessel and spared Yasser’s speech by only piercing the right side of his brain. Even more impressively, only 11-days and one surgery post-impalement, doctors say his brain looks relatively normal and they expect him to make a full recovery.

As for Yasser’s friend, he didn’t even have to make it to the ocean before he made ‘the catch of the day!’


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This entry was posted on June 19, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.

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