Miami teen Yasser Lopez, 16, has miraculously survived a freak accident which saw a 3ft stainless steel spear penetrate his skull and go through his brain after a freak accident during a fishing trip.
On June 8th, Lopez was swimming in a lake near his Miami home, when his friend who was loading a spear gun which he was planning to use to catch fish, accidentally hit the trigger. The spear harpooned the boy – lodging into his brain yet somehow the teenager was still conscious and able to speak to doctors when he arrived at the Jackson Memorial hospital.
According to the doctors who treated Lopez, he became agitated upon his arrival to the hospital and was sedated. Doctors also had to use a mechanical cutting device to sever the spear so he could fit inside the hospitals CT scanner!
The operation to dislodge the spear took several hours, but soon after it Lopez was conscious and speaking to his doctors.
It is said that the teen has no memory of the unusual accident and doctors are still unsure as to whether the incident has caused any other damage to his memory or other parts of his brain.
Doctors who operated on the boy, praised the paramedics who managed to get him to the hospital without causing the spear to move and cause further damage to his brain. They also said that he was incredibly lucky that it went through the right side of his brain – the non-dominant lobe, and that it did not travel diagonally as it would have been unlikely he would have survived.
Neurosurgeon Ross Bullock told reporters “it’s a miracle the spear missed all the main blood vessels of the brain.”
Doctors have all agreed that Lopez was incredibly lucky to have survived with such minimal injuries, although he was kinda unlucky to get shot in the first place. I mean what are the chances? If the friend had been trying to hit him in the head with the spear, he probably would have missed – unless of course he is related to Hawkeye!!
See – this is why I don’t go fishing!!