Published On: Wed, Jun 20th, 2012

Yasel Lopez, Miami teen, shot with spear gun to the head and survives VIDEO

A Miami teen has survived a spear gun accident where the spear went through his head and had to be surgically removed.

NBC screenshot of x-ray

Yasel Lopez, while fishing with a friend, experienced the misfire of a three-foot spear gun, piercing Lopez through the head. Doctors are even calling his survival a miracle.

“We used a high-speed drill to drill the bone at either end to create an opening through which we could remove the spear,” one of the doctors told reporters. They first had to cut the spear to prevent it from moving and allow doctors to do tests. After the spear was cut, doctors said they were able to plan the surgery: “We were able to position him laying with his left side down, right side up, and then we were able to open a large incision.”

The gun went off unexpectedly when the teenagers were loading it with a spear, sending it straight into Lopez’s skull, Tamron Hall reported on TODAY Monday.

The force of the impact was so strong it knocked him into the water. Acting quickly, his friend called 911 and Lopez was soon airlifted to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors raced to save him. 

Doctors revealed details Monday about Lopez’s ordeal, and how they worked to save his life.

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