Woman Survives Husband's Harpoon Misfire

He was cleaning spear gun when it fired and hit her in mouth

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 9, 2013 11:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 28-year-old woman in Brazil miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon. The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine. Doctors say it came within less than a half-inch of killing her, but Elisangela Borborema is now expected to make a full recovery. "Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating," says a police spokesman.

This image released by the Rio de Janeiro State Health Department shows the spear that was accidentally shot through a woman's mouth.
This image released by the Rio de Janeiro State Health Department shows the spear that was accidentally shot through a woman's mouth.   ((AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro State Health Department))
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