16-year-old Yasser Lopez is lucky to be alive today, after a spear was accidentally shot through his skull during a spearfishing trip.
Lopez is breathing a sigh of relief after doctors in Miami were able to remove the 3-foot spear from the teenager's head. Lopez was in serious condition Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.
Doctors say the spear, which accidentally went off while it was being loaded, entered the teen's head 2 inches 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 Monday that the spear missed all the main blood vessels in the brain. They said Lopez doesn't remember the accident.