A teen was accidentally shot in the head with a three foot long spear, reports The Miami Herald. The teen remains in serious condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The 16-year-old boy was swimming in a lake near his southwest Miami-Dade home when his 15-year-old friend was loading a spear gun for fishing.
The friend touched the trigger and sent the spear zooming toward the 16 year old. It entered the teen’s head about an inch above his right eye, entered the right side of his brain, and remained stuck in his head.
“It’s a miracle the spear missed all the main blood vessels of the brain,’’ said neurosurgeon Ross Bullock.
Doctors said the main thing was to fight their urge to quickly yank the foreign object out of the teen’s head. Instead, they x-rayed his head to determine the extent of the damage, and then they used rebar cutters and vise grips from the Miami Dade fire department to stabilize the spear and to figure out how to remove it.
The teen underwent three hours of surgery to remove the spear. He has no recollection of the accident.
To recover and to reveal the extent of his injuries, the teen is expected to remain hospitalized for several more months.