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US teen recovering after spear removed from brain

MIAMI--Doctors in Miami have successfully removed a spear accidentally shot through a teenager's skull during a spearfishing trip.

Yasser Lopez, 16, was in serious condition Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

The spear gun accidentally fired as it was being loaded. Lopez was hospitalized June 7 with 3 feet (nearly 1 meter) of the spear protruding from his forehead. Doctors say the spear entered his head 2 inches above his right eye and came out the back of his skull. Tools were used to cut the spear so Lopez could be X-rayed.

The rest of the spear was removed in a three-hour surgery. Doctors said the spear missed the main blood vessels in the brain. They said Lopez doesn't remember the accident.

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