Teen lucky to be alive after spear pierces skull
DOCTORS in Miami have successfully removed a spear accidentally shot through a teenager's skull during a spearfishing trip.
Yasser Lopez (16) was in a serious condition yesterday at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Centre.
The spear gun accidentally fired as it was being loaded. Yasser was taken to hospital with three feet of the spear protruding from his forehead. Doctors say the spear entered his head two inches above his right eye and came out the back of his skull. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tools were used to cut the spear so Lopez could be X-rayed (right).
The rest of the spear was removed during three hours of surgery. Doctors said yesterday the spear missed the main blood vessels in the brain. They said Yasser doesn't remember the accident.