Teen Survives Spear Shot to Head
Florida's Nasser Lopez was victim of accidental shooting
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2012 2:43 PM CDT
In this undated image provided by University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, a spear shot through Yasser Lopez's skull is seen.   (AP Photo/University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital)
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(Newser) – A 16-year-old is in serious condition—but miraculously alive—after being accidentally shot through the skull with a spear gun, Florida doctors revealed yesterday. They showed off a stunning X-ray that shows the spear lodged inside the teen's head, its tip protruding out the back. Nasser Lopez was swimming in a lake near his home when a 15-year-old friend accidentally hit the trigger on a spear gun he was loading, the Miami Herald reports.

The spear hit Nasser just above his right eye. "It's a miracle the spear missed all the main blood vessels of the brain," a neurosurgeon said. Nasser was flown by helicopter to the hospital, where he underwent three hours of surgery to remove the spear. Doctors say he doesn't remember the incident.

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