Nasser Lopez of Miami-Dade, Florida has reportedly survived an accident that lodged a fishing spear in his brain, but he is not out of the woods yet, according to doctors. Lopez, 16, is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and an x-ray image of his brain was so shocking that doctors held a news conference on it. It is not yet known whether the makers of the spear gun that caused the unbelievable injury, the name of which has not been mentioned in most public reports, will be facing legal action.
According to news reports, the teen was injured on June 8 in Miami-Dade County. He was reportedly swimming in a lake near his home with a friend, 15. The pair had a spear gun, which is used for fishing, wit them. The friend, who remains anonymous due to the nature of the incident as well as his age, was apparently loading the spear gun when he accidentally set it off. The three-foot spear went straight into Lopez’s brain, entering an inch over his right eye and poking of the back of his cranium.
Though media reports do not mention how Lopez made it back to shore, he was apparently transported to Jackson Memorial via helicopter, where doctors used equipment borrowed from the Miami-Dade fire department to ensure the spear didn’t move around in the teen’s head. Lopez then underwent three hours of brain surgery to remove the spear from his skull. Miraculously, the spear had missed all of Lopez’s major veins, sparing him his life. However, he will have to remain in the hospital for the next several months, and doctors are still not sure what kinds of problems may result from the injury. He is still in serious condition and does not remember the accident, sources indicate.
Sadly, not all teenage accident victims end up alive. Brittany Hare, a 14-year-old St. Lucie resident, was reportedly killed when Jesse Mcinerney ran over her with his SUV on Sunday. Mcinerney, 52, has since been involuntarily detained for a mental evaluation, as he reportedly threatened to commit suicide. It remains unclear whether he has hired a lawyer.
News reports indicate that Hare was struck at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, just a few blocks from her home in the 5500 block of Palm Drive. Mcinerney was reportedly driving his 1997 Chevrolet van, being pursued by police for an undisclosed reason. Hare was on foot when Mcinerney allegedly struck her from behind after swerving onto the wrong side of the road. She flew over 30 yards down the road before stopping, according to reports. Despite CPR and other efforts to revive her, Hare was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Sources indicate that Mcinerney was likely speeding at the time of the car accident (the speed limit in the area is 25 mph). Blood was evidently drawn from him at the scene, although it remains unclear whether authorities suspect that the crash may have been a DUI. His recent detainment was conducted under the Florida Mental Health Act, which is meant to allow authorities to detain and treat inmates who are suspected to have mental illnesses.