Teen survives spear through head

Last updated 08:28 20/06/2012

Teenager recovers from accidentally being shot in the head with fishing spear.

Yasser Lopez spear in skull x-ray
Jackson Memorial Hospital
An X-ray shows the spear that pierced through the head of 16-year-old Yasser Lopez.
Yasser Lopez spear in skull x-ray
Jackson Memorial Hospital
No vital brain structures were damaged by the harpoon, surgeons say.

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Doctors in the US have successfully removed a spear accidentally shot through a teenager's skull during a spearfishing trip.

Yasser Lopez, 16, is in serious condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

The spear gun accidentally fired as it was being loaded. Lopez was hospitalised June 7 with a metre of the spear protruding from his forehead.

Doctors say the spear entered the teen's head five centimetres above his right eye and came out the back of his skull. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tools were used to cut the spear so the teen could be X-rayed.

The rest of the spear was removed in a three-hour surgery. Doctors told reporters that the spear missed all the main blood vessels in the brain and no major structures were damaged. They said Lopez doesn't remember the accident.

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