Miami Jackson hospital released the first photos of Ronald Poppo, the homeless man whose face was savagely mauled last month. Jackson released two photos showing Poppo walking with assistance. In addition to having half of his face chewed off by Rudy Eugene, the so-called “Miami Zombie,” Poppo, 65, had two “mysterious” holes in his left chest that doctors say are entry and exit wounds consistent with gunshots.
Eugene was shot multiple times and killed by a Miami police officer who fired an initial shot that failed to stop Eugene’s brutal attack on Poppo. Poppo is recovering surprisingly well. His left eye is gone, and his right eye is covered with a skin graft to protect his eye since his eyelids were apparently chewed off in the attack. Poppo may be blind in his right eye according to his doctors.
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“He’s coping remarkably well,” trauma surgeon Nicholas Namias told reporters. The guy has got to be a survivor.”
Doctors say Poppo was alert enough to cheer on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals yesterday.
“He’s a very nice guy, really. He’s charming,” Namias added.