Teen survives spear through the brain
It's not everyday someone is brought the emergency room with a three-foot spear protruding through their skull and is still able to speak, Dr. George Garcia told CBS news. But that's exactly what happened to Yasser Lopez, a sixteen-year old who survived a freak fishing accident that lodged a spear through his brain. At the emergency room, Lopez was still able to communicate with doctors about his pain. How did he survive while keeping speaking capabilities intact?
The spear penetrated the ride side the boy's brain, missing several major blood vessels and areas for crucial cognition and speaking. If the spear had landed on the left side of the brain or hit a major blood vessel the story would have been difference.
A key to Lopez surviving was preventing the spear from moving to avoid further brain damage. In a three-hour long surgery, doctors were able to remove the spear with rebar cutters and vise grips.
Doctors remained hopeful that the boy would have successful recovery the brain injury.