Teen survives spear through head

21:03, Jun 19 2012
Yasser Lopez spear in skull x-ray
An X-ray shows the spear that pierced through the head of 16-year-old Yasser Lopez.

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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Yasser Lopez spear in skull x-ray
No vital brain structures were damaged by the harpoon, surgeons say.

AP