Teenager Expected to Recover After Removal of Three-Foot Fishing Spear From Head

This amazing x-ray shows a three-foot fishing spear embedded in the head of Yasser Lopez, 16. The spear entered two inches above the right eye and protruded out the back of the skull. Even more amazing is that Yasser will recover from the injury.

The spear miraculously missed every vessel upon entry. The accident occurred when Yasser was fishing with friends when a spear gun discharged while a friend was loading it. Medical personnel first cut the spear down to 18 inches to allow a full radiographic examination.

The boy is looking at two to three months of rehabilitation but his age is expected to help in the recovery.

This is an accident that will go down as a case with no lawsuit and a lot of luck.

Source: Yahoo

13 thoughts on “Teenager Expected to Recover After Removal of Three-Foot Fishing Spear From Head”

  1. i’ve had it stuck in my head all day

    i was watching an old episode of wkrp and dr johney fever played it.

  2. Seriously, pete.

    Thanks.

    I’ve been bopping around the office with that funky electric piano line in my head since I listened to that.

  3. Wow. Yes, this kid is truly lucky. This spear must’ve gone in “just the right way,” if it can be said for a spear to go into one’s head “the right way” at all–and been removed with tremendous care. And youth is indeed on his side, in that if it damaged any part of his brain that used to handle certain functions, other parts of it can probably adapt to pick up the slack. The joys of neuroplasticity indeed!

  4. This is an accident that will go down as a case with no lawsuit and a lot of luck.”

    When I read this story I noticed that doctors commented that what saved his life was the fact that the EMT paramedics did not attempt to remove it themselves. The secured everything then left the removal to the doctors in the hospital.

    I was surprised to hear the doctors also say that removal usually results in death, nevertheless, it is done frequently.

    One wonders if the lawsuit would happen if the paramedics had removed the spear causing the death of the boy?

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