16-Year-Old Somehow Survives Shooting that Left Him With a Spear Through Head

By 06.19.12

Nasser Lopez survived the June 8 accident which occurred as the teen swam in a lake near his southwest Miami-Dade home with a 15-year-old friend. The friend was loading the spear gun when he touched the trigger, sending the three-foot long spear zooming toward Nasser.

On Monday, the doctors from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Army Trauma Training Center staff that helped treat the teen revealed at a news conference the unbelievable X-ray.

The bottom line: Nasser is lucky to be alive and recovering.

“It’s a miracle the spear missed all the main blood vessels of the brain,’’ said neurosurgeon Ross Bullock, a neurosurgeon. Nasser remains in serious condition.

Lopez’s story was featured on the “Today Show” this morning, where they painted a somewhat optimistic picture about his condition.


Here’s hoping he’s able to make a full recovery.

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